Democratic Left Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleDemocratic Left Papers
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/ 49,807
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1983-1999
Extent Medium13 boxes


Creator(s): Democratic Left (Ireland), Workers' Party (Ireland)

  • Administrative History ↴

    Democratic Left was founded in February 1992 when six Workers’ Party Teachta Dála, along with a majority of the membership, resigned from the party. This group subsequently founded Democratic Left. Democratic Left participated in the government on one occasion, from December 1994 – June 1997, when the party leader, Proinsias De Rossa, served as Minister of Social Welfare. The party voted to dissolve itself and merge with the Labour Party in January 1999.
  • Archival History ↴

    The collection was donation by Mr. Tony Heffernan in April 2014.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Democratic Left (Ireland), Workers' Party (Ireland) ↴

    The collection includes: press releases; parliamentary questions; text of speeches; annual conference files; policy documents; working papers; pamphlets; publications; ephemera; periodicals; National Executive minutes; correspondence; internal circulars; and memoranda. The collection also includes legacy records of the Workers Party retained by Democratic Left.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No further accruals are expected.
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows:
    I. Organisation and Governance, 1992-1999
    II. Electioneering, 1992-1998
    III. Communications, 1994-1999
    IV. Parliamentary Party 1992-1999
    V. Policy Positions, 1992-1998
    VI. Workers Party 1993-1992

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopyright and reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.
Creation Dates1983-1999
Extent Medium13 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online ( Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialA collection of Labour Party papers, dated 1967-2001. The collection includes c. 8 boxes of materials originating from Democratic Left. These materials were deposited with the Irish Labour History Society (ILHS), Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, in 2001. Finding aid is a collection list prepared in 2003.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteRoss Higgins
Rules/ConventionsNLI guidelines based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000, and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Date of Descriptions42036