Identity Statement for Fine Gael Election Archives

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P39/MIN
  • Title: Fine Gael Election Archives
  • Dates: 1948–72
  • Level of description:
  • Extent: 420 boxes
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Institutional History

Formally launched on 27 April 1923, Cumann na nGaedheal was formed from the pro-Treaty wing of Sinn Féin which had been running the country since the split in the party. It continued in power until 1932 when it was defeated at a general election by Fianna Fáil, formed in 1927 from the anti-Treaty Sinn Féin. After another defeat the following year, Cumann na nGaedheal merged with the Centre Party and the National Guard to form Fine Gael in September 1933. Between 1933 and 1973, the Party was in government twice, in coalition with the Labour Party, Clann na Poblachta, Clann na Talmhan and National Labour in the First Inter-Party Government, 1948–51, and with Labour and Clann na Talmhan in the Second Inter-Party Government, 1954–57.

Archival History 

The Fine Gael Archives which consists of this collection; Fine Gael Constituency Archives (P39/C); Fine Gael Presidential Elections and Constitutional Referenda Archives (P39/PR) and Cumann na nGaedheal/Fine Gael Minute Books (P39/MIN) were transferred to UCD Archives in April 1978.

Scope and Content

Electionsgeneral, Seanad, presidential, by-elections, local government and constitutional referenda: lists of candidates; biographical details; copies of speeches and points for speakers; arrangements for conventions, meetings and rallies; publicity material including posters, handbills and published advertisements (194872).


  • Access: Application to consult the collection must be made to the depositor. Details of the procedure may be had from UCD Archives. UCD Archives reader's ticket and appointment necessary. Produced for consultation in microform.
  • Language: English
  • Finding aid: Descriptive catalogue