Ahead of the February 1987 general election, Charles Haughey was on the campaign trail in the west of Ireland where he made promises to the islanders hoping to secure their votes.

About 1,600 people live on the islands and the battle for their hearts and number one votes got under way in earnest today.

Campaigning at the church gates is still very much part of campaigning in the west of Ireland. Mr Haughey along with his constituency front runner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn met mass goers hoping to secure the Fianna Fáil vote. The islanders remained coy about which way they would vote. Their immediate preoccupation is with improving the ferry services to and from the island. At a meeting in Kilronan Community Centre, Mr Haughey was optimistic that their concerns could be addressed by a Fianna Fáil government. He made promises of a new roll-on, roll-off ferry service as well as access to a helicopter emergency service.

An RTÉ News broadcast on 30 November 1986. The reporter is Jim Fahy.