Mary McAleese in a Wheelchair

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Mary McAleese looks at what it is like to be wheelchair bound in the city of Dublin.

  • Title
    Mary McAleese Disabled in Dublin
  • 1st Broadcast
    16/10/1980
  • Contributor
    Mary McAleese (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:51
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Today Tonight
  • Clip title
    Mary McAleese in a Wheelchair
  • Extended description

    In 1979 Mary McAleese joined RTÉ Television as a presenter on the 'Today Tonight' programme. The following year she reported on being disabled in Dublin, at the time one of the most inaccessible cities for people in wheelchairs.

    In this report Mary journeys around Dublin in a wheelchair and can be seen at landmark locations on O'Connell Street such as the Savoy cinema, as well as at public bulidings such as the GPO, National Library of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland, and the National Gallery.

    Before joining RTÉ Mary McAleese held the position as Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology in Trinity College, a position which was also held by Mary Robinson. She also held the position as Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University, Belfast. Mary went on to serve two terms as President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011.

  • Information

    This episode of 'Today Tonight' was broadcast on 16 October 1980.

    'Today Tonight' was a RTÉ current affairs programme with up-to-the-minute coverage of events at home and abroad. 'Today Tonight' was first broadcast on Monday, 6 October, 1980 and ran for 12 years until 1992. Edited by Joe Mulholland, the original presenters included Barry Cowan, Brian Farrell and Olivia O'Leary. 'Today Tonight' aired from Monday to Thursday on RTÉ 1.

  • Local keywords
    Mary McAleese, Dublin, Today Tonight, Wheelchair, Accessibility
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Dublin
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1980
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    LX4688
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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