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A Podcast "The Others" covering Groups , Smaller Parties and Independents in Ireland.

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The Independents Health Alliance

December 1st, 2021


The Independents Health Alliance stood eight candidates in the 2002 General Election.
Among them Finian McGrath who was elected. Others included the …

The Planning Reform Party

November 24th, 2021


Founded by Noel O'Gara, The Planning Reform Party stood in 4 constituencies in the 2007 General Election and also in the 2009 Dublin South By-Election. The Party objected to the planning system.

The United Citizens Party

November 17th, 2021


The United Citizens Party contested the 1930 Local Elections in Dun Laoghaire. This episode takes a look at them and also at the Cumann na nGaedheal attitude to contesting Local Elections as well as Fine Gaels attitude …

The Women's Social and Progressive League

November 10th, 2021


The Women's Social and Progressive League was a women's organisation founded in Ireland in 1937 by Hanna Sheehy Skeffington. It was committed to opposing the 1937 constitution of Ireland and any regressive consequences …

The Letterkenny Residents Party

November 3rd, 2021


One of the smallest registered parties, The Letterkenny Residents Party were founded in 2008, contested the Letterkenny Town ouncil Elections in 2009 and the Letterkenny/Milford area in the 2014 Local Elections. Tom …

Cumann Poblachta na hÉireann -Episode 71

October 27th, 2021


Cumann Poblachta na hÉireann were a Short lived Republican Party set up by the IRA in early 1936. They contested the 1936 Dublin Municipal Elections as well as two Dail By-Elections in Galway and Wexford in the same …

The Taxation Justice Alliance -Episode 70

October 20th, 2021


Growing from the Anti Water Charges movement in the mid 90's, The Taxation Justice Alliance included The Socialist Party, Seamus Healy, Paddy Mulcahy …

Independent ex Fianna Fáil candidates in the 1937 General Election

October 13th, 2021


In the 1937 General Election there were seven candidates running as Independents that had left Fianna Fáil in the previous six months. Three were outgoing TD's. Some had been selected at a Selection Convention but …

Youth Defence and the 1992 General Election

October 6th, 2021


A look at the Youth Defence Campaign in and leading up to the 1992 General Election, which was held on the same day as three Abortion Referenda.

Franklin Dee -Episode 67

September 29th, 2021


A look at the 1979 Local Elections Campaign of DJ Franklin Dee who ran in Navan UDC and for Meath Co. Council. Has a bit of a twist in it and a brief …

National Association of Tenants Organisations running in Drogheda 1991 and 1994

September 22nd, 2021


This episode covers the NATO candidates in the 1991 and 1994 Local Elections as well as the issues in The Workers' Party that led a number of Drogheda based members to leave in 1989.

The National Legal Justice Action Group -Episode 65

September 15th, 2021


Founded in 1986, The National Legal Justice Action Group campaigned against Negligence, Corruption and other issues with the Legal Profession as well …

Unbought Tenants' Association

September 8th, 2021


Representing the remaining Tenant Farmers the Unbought Tenants' Association contested the 1923 General Election and the 1925 Stormont Election. They had been in existence since the early 1900's. 

The People's Party of Ireland

September 1st, 2021


Set up in 1984, The People's Party of Ireland contested the 1985 Local Elections and the 1987 General Election before dissolving in 1988. Led by Joe …

The Businessman's Party -Episode 62

August 25th, 2021


The Businessman's Party contested the 1923 General Election, having two candidates elected. An interesting group that felt business interests needed …

The Fox Wicklow Independent Organisation

August 18th, 2021


Former in 1992, The Wicklow Independent Organisation had Johnny Fox and Mildred Fox elected to the Dail, as well as Mildred and Christopher Fox …

Seamus Costello -Independent Sinn Féin

August 11th, 2021


Having been suspended by Official Sinn Féin, Seamus Costello contested the 1974 Local Elections as an Independent Sinn Féin candidate.

The Young Ireland Party - Episode 59

August 4th, 2021


Founded in 1953, The Young Ireland Party fielded 3 candidates in the 1954 General Election and disappeared soon afterwards. 

The Carlow Cottage Tenants Association

July 28th, 2021


The Carlow Cottage Tenants Association fielded five candidates in the 1955 Local Elections in Carlow. They were mainly concerned with the issues of Farm Labourers and Cottage Tenants.

National Action -Episode 57

July 21st, 2021


National Action were a Far Right 'Movement in existence from 1952 to the early 1960's.  They advocated "A National Non-Party Plan for the establishment of an Original Irish System of government based on Christian Social …

The Socialist Labour Party -Episode 56

July 14th, 2021


Founded in 1977 with Noel Browne, Matt Merrigan and others involved, The Socialist Labour Party lasted until June 1982. Initially there were high …

Archive -- TV Candidates from Billy Kirwin in 1977 to Tom Gildea in 1997

July 12th, 2021


Just re-releasing an older episodes of the podcast ---  A look at candidates that campaigned on the issue of Television Services , with a background …

Independent (Anti-Coalition) Labour candidates in the 1977 General Election

July 7th, 2021


In the 1977 General Election, a number of members of The Liaison Committee of The Labour Left stood as Independent Labour candidates. Among them were Noel Browne and Matt Merrigan. This episode covers the issues in the …

The Cavan Road Action Group

June 30th, 2021


(A rerecording of the first podcast episode where the sound was awful) In the 1991 Local Elections CRAG made National Headlines when taking 4 seats …

Farmers Trade Union -Episode 53

June 23rd, 2021


Founded in 1936, The Farmers Trade Union were based in Cavan and had branches in Monaghan, Leitrim and Longford also. They contested Local Elections in Cavan winning seats in a number of elections. In 1955 they …

The Liberal Party of Ireland -Episode 52

June 16th, 2021


Set up in 1967, The Liberal Party of Ireland contested a number of by-elections before becoming defunct in  late 1969. They raised issues such as Mental Health and family planning.

The Socialist Party of Ireland (1971)

June 9th, 2021


Founded in January 1971, The Socialist Party of Ireland were a pro Soviet Party that subscribed to the Two Nations Theory. Based mainly around Ballymun and Tallaght they contested the 1977 and 1981 General Elections as …

Terence Moroney -Unemployed Candidate November 1982 Waterford -Episode 50

June 2nd, 2021


In November 1982 Terry Moroney stood as a candidate in Waterford backed by various Unemployed Groups within the County. Moroney had been one of those that took part in the "March For Decent Jobs" from Dungarvan to …

The 1977 Tullamore Hospital Committee Election Campaign -Episode 49

May 26th, 2021


In 1977, with Tullamore Hospital under threat of downgrading, the Tullamore Hospital Campaign selected Jim Guinan (A former Monetary Reform Party, …

The Women's Political Party -Episode 48

May 18th, 2021


Set up in the early 1980's by Antoinette Clancy, The Women's Political Party main aim was to provide a Party for women made up of women, providing a …

The Monetary Reform Party -Episode 47

May 11th, 2021


The Monetary Reform Party were founded in the early 1940's, had Oliver J Flanagan elected as a TD in 1943. There was a split and Flanagan's Laois -Offaly group went their own way before joining Fine Gael. The Remaining …

The South Kerry Independent Alliance -Episode 46

May 5th, 2021


Founded in late 1993, The South Kerry Independent Alliance has been one of the most successful of our small parties as they still hold a seat on …

The National Party / Catholic Democrats

April 28th, 2021


The National Party were a Party with a Catholic Ethos led by Nora Bennis that contested the 1997 General Election, 1998 Limerick East by-election and …

The Donegal Progressive Party -Episode 44

April 21st, 2021


Set up in 1967, The Donegal Progressive Party drew its support mostly from the Unionist and Protestant community in East Donegal. It held a seat on Donegal County Council from 1967 until 1999 and went off the register …

The Revolutionary Workers Party -Episode 43

April 14th, 2021


Founded in 1930, The Revolutionary Workers Groups / Revolutionary Workers Party contested the 1930 Dublin Municipal Elections. Set up by Moscow as a …

Immigration Control Platform -Episode 42

April 7th, 2021


A look at The Immigration Control Platform, which were involved in Electoral Politics from 1997 to 2009 and gained a lot of publicity during that …

The Seniors Solidarity Party - Episode 41

March 30th, 2021


The Seniors Solidarity Party was set up in 2008 as a reaction to the introduction of the means test for Medical Cards for the over 70's. Although …

Nan Joyce -Episode 40

March 23rd, 2021


A look at the November 1982 General Election campaign of Nan Joyce , the first member of the Travelling Community to run for the Dáil.

The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee -Episode 39

March 16th, 2021


Originally set up as a lobby group The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee have been very influential in Roscommon Politics since first entering the …

The United Left Alliance -Episode 38

March 9th, 2021


A look at The United Left Alliance, formed in late 2010 by The Socialist Party, People Before Profit (SWP), WUAG and Independents. Although not a registered Party the Alliance contested the 2011 General Election before …

H-Block candidates in the 1981 General Election

March 2nd, 2021


A look at the H-Block candidates that ran in the 1981 General Election, not just the Official Anti H-Block Armagh candidates but others such as Independent Fianna Fáil, Peoples Democracy and Anti H-Block Independents.

The Irish Independence Party -Episode 36

February 24th, 2021


A look at the Irish Independence Party which ran from 1977 until the late 1980's. They fielded 4 candidates in the 1979 UK Elections and were at their height winning 21 seats in the 1981 Northern Irish Local Elections. …

The National Labour Party -Episode 35

February 17th, 2021


The National Labour Party were a split from The Labour Party that lasted from 1944 to 1950. The split was due to various factors but mainly that Jim Larkin Snr had been allowed join the party and then selected to run …

The PAYE Tax Reform League -Episode 34

February 10th, 2021


In the 1970's and 80's the tax burden on PAYE workers was huge. It led to massive protests calling for farmers and self employed to be brought into the Tax net. Growing from those protests was The National Association …

Aontacht Éireann -Episode 33

February 3rd, 2021


This is the story of the Aontacht Éireann party founded by former Fianna Fáil Minister Kevin Boland in 1971. More Republican than Fianna Fáil they …

The Democratic Socialist Party -Episode 32

January 27th, 2021


A look at the Jim Kemmy led Democratic Socialist Party that lasted from 1982 to 1990 before they merged with The Labour Party. It was the first Party here to back Abortion in certain circumstances , were anti …

Ailtirí na hAiséirghe -Episode 31

January 20th, 2021


Ailtirí na hAiséirghe were a Fascist Party founded in March 1942 and led by Gearóid Ó Cuinneagáin. They contested the 1943, 1944 and 1948 General Elections and won 9 seats in the 1945 Local Elections.

Father Liam Sharkey 1999 European Elections Campaign -Episode 30

January 13th, 2021


A look at the 1999 European Elections Campaign of Father Liam Sharkey, the last Catholic Priest to run for election here.

The 1969 South West Donegal Hospitalization Committee candidate Eunan Curristan -Episode 29

January 5th, 2021


A look at the 1969 General Election campaign of Eunan Curristan of The South West Donegal Hospitalization Committee. He was the first major Independent Hospital candidate to run in a General Election here.

Bernie Murphy - Episode 28

December 16th, 2020


This episode covers the surprise election of Independent Bernie Murphy to Cork Corporation in 1985 in a campaign the likes of which hadn't been seen before in Cork. The reaction to his election as well as looking at his …

Muintir na hÉireann -Episode 27

December 9th, 2020


This episode covers the pro-life Christian party Muintir na hÉireann led by Richard Greene that were very active in the 1990's against Abortion and Divorce. By the time the 1997 General Election came along there were …

Episode 26 - The All Night Party / Sligo Leitrim Society for the prevention of cruelty to constituents by lying and cheating politicians

December 2nd, 2020


The episode covers Noel "Flukey" Gorman and his outing in November 1982 for the "Sligo Leitrim Society for the prevention of cruelty to constituents …

The Natural Law Party -Episode 25

November 25th, 2020


The Natural Law Party stood in Irish Elections (both North and South) during the 1990s. They were famous for their advocation of Natural Law and the …

Córas na Poblachta- Episode 24

November 18th, 2020


Córas na Poblachta were a Republican Party founded in 1940 that lasted until 1944. They were seen as a forerunner of Clann na Poblachta. Made up …

The Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement - Gluaiseacht Cearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta -Episode 23

November 11th, 2020


This episode looks at The Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement - Gluaiseacht Cearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta which contested the 1969 and 1973 General …

Lia Fáil -Episode 22

November 4th, 2020


This Episode covers Lia Fáil an extreme group set up in 1957 to stop Emigration, Redistribute Land and among other things provide Nuclear Weapons to the Irish Army to invade the North and an army of emigrants to destroy …

The Emigration Action Movement -Episode 21

October 28th, 2020


This episode covers the Cork based Anti Emigration Movement that fielded candidates in the 1960 Local Elections. They were also part of the broader Emigration Action Movement which was formed as a National Umbrella …

Fishermen (Coastal Community ) Candidates from the November 1982 General Election. -Episode 20

October 21st, 2020


This episode covers the campaign of the two Fishermen candidates (Coastal Community Candidates) that stood in the November 1982 General Election. Joe …

Father Paddy Ryan Campaign in the 1989 European Elections -Episode 19

October 14th, 2020


This Episode cover the 1989 European Elections campaign of Father Paddy Ryan as well as his background and the issue of Extradition in the 1980's

The Community Democrats Of Ireland - Episode 18

October 7th, 2020


This is the story of the short lived Community Democrats of Ireland who contested the 1979 European Elections.  They had a series of self inflicted mishaps during their lifetime which contributed to them not being a …

Independent Fianna Fáil (Blaney) - Episode 17

September 30th, 2020


This episode tell the story of the Independent Fianna Fáil party founded by Neil T. Blaney after his expulsion from Fianna Fáil. It lasted from 1973 …

The Irish Housewives Association -Episode 16

September 23rd, 2020


In the 1957 General Election, The Irish Housewives Association stood three candidates. Mairead McGunness in Dublin North East, Beatrice Dixon  in Dublin South West and Kathleen Swanton in Dublin North Central. This …

The National Progressive Democrats -Episode 15

September 16th, 2020


The National Progressive Democrats was a Left Wing Party set up by Noel Browne and Jack McQuillan in 1958. It lasted until 1963 when Browne and McQuillan joined the Labour Party,

Unionist Dáil candidates in the 1980's and 90's -Episode 14

September 9th, 2020


A look at the campaigns of four different Unionist candidates that ran for the Dáil in the 80's and 90's. Stan Gebler Davies in Cork South West in 1987,  Michael Brooks in Donegal North East in 1987, Patrick Melly in …

Poblacht Chríostúil (Christian Republic)

September 2nd, 2020


Poblacht Chríostúil was an Irish political party active from 1956 to the late 1960s. It advocated Catholic social teaching, a planned economy and …

The Cork Socialist Party and Independent Youth candidates from the 1974 Local Elections

August 26th, 2020


This episode covers The Cork Socialist Party which existed in Cork in the mid 1940's  and  also how the voting age change in 1973 led to a number of Independent Youth candidates standing in the 1974 Local Elections

The Army Wives Campaign in 1989

August 19th, 2020


This episode covers the Army Wives Campaign in the 1989 General Election as well as The National Army Spouses Association.

The Cannabis Legalisation Party in 1997 and The Justice Party of Ubi Dwyer in the early 80's -Episode 10

August 12th, 2020


This episode covers The Cannabis Legalisation Party who ran two candidates in The 1997 General Election and The Justice Party of Ubi Dwyer who ran in two of the elections in the early 80's. Theres an obituary of Ubi …

The Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) -Episode 9

August 5th, 2020


This episode covers The Internationalists, Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) and their affiliated groups.  Tells the story of their foundation in 1965, until their demise in 2000. 

Gay candidates in the 1980's and The Political Organistion For Work (POW) from 1997 . Episode 8

July 30th, 2020


This episode takes a look at a number of Gay candidates running in Elections in Ireland in the 1980's. Liz Noonan a Lesbian Feminist in 1981,Feb 1982 and November 1982 , Tonie Walsh in the 1985 Local Elections as well …

The Voice of Wicklow and Gluais Linn. Episode 7

July 22nd, 2020


Voice of Wicklow were a split in Fine Gael in Wicklow caused by Shane Ross being added to the ticket in the 1991 Local Elections. Gluais Linn were a short-lived party that stood in the 1945 Municipal Elections in …

TV Candidates from Billy Kirwin in 1977 to Tom Gildea in 1997 -Episode 6

July 15th, 2020


A look at candidates that campaigned on the issue of Television Services , with a background to the MMDS and TV Deflector rows over the years. Billy …

Irish Haemophilia Society candidates in 1991 and The Monster Raving Looney Party - Episode 5

July 10th, 2020


This episode covers The Four Irish Haemophilia Society candidates in the  1991 Local Elections and also covers The Monster Raving Looney Party appearance in the 1997 General Election in Dun Laoghaire

The Waterford People's Party- Episode 4 - ‘The Others'- The Alan Kinsella Podcast

July 2nd, 2020


A look at the Waterford People's Party a split from the Workers' Party in Waterford in the mid 1980's.

Episode 3 -The Christian Principles Party and Christian Centrist Party’

June 27th, 2020


‘The Others'- The Alan Kinsella Podcast -Episode 3 -The Christian Principles Party and Christian Centrist Party’

Episode 2: The Blindmens Party and Cine Gael

June 22nd, 2020


A brief look at two small parties. The Blindmans Party that stood in June 1927 and Cine Gael that stood in 1954

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