An Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fáil Charles Haughey dissolves the Dáil and declares a general election.
Seán Duignan talks to Charles Haughey about whether the time is right for a general election and about if the election will be fought on 'bread and butter' economic issues or on Northern Ireland.
Haughey believes that Ireland could handle a general election at any time describing its parliamentary democracy as
Strong and unassailable
He goes on to describe finding a resolution to the problems in the North of Ireland as a major political priority in the interest of Ireland as a whole. Commenting on the loss of three lives as a result of the hunger strikes, Haughey says that his conscience is clear that he has done all in his power to find a solution.
I moved heaven and earth to try and stop these deaths taking place.
An RTÉ News report by Seán Duignan broadcast on 21 May 1981.