"People Made Up Their Minds Mainly By What They Saw On Television"


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Television cameras follow Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave on the campaign trail. Cosgrave talks about the growing influence of television on politics and the electorate.

  • Title
    Liam Cosgrave Campaigns
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  • Series title
    Seven Days
  • Clip title
    "People Made Up Their Minds Mainly By What They Saw On Television"
  • Extended description

    Media coverage continued to grow for the 1973 General Election. A 'Seven Days' special followed Liam Cosgrave, the Fine Gael leader, on the campaign trail.

    This extract shows how Cosgrave himself was becoming increasingly aware of the influence of television, while at the same time there was a continuing need to get out and meet and greet the electorate.

  • Information

    By 1973, Fianna Fáil had been in power for 16 years. Fine Gael and Labour agreed a pre-election pact under a "National Coalition" banner in order to offer an alternative government. Although Fianna Fáil increased its percentage of the vote, they lost six seats, and a Fine Gael-Labour coalition formed a government, led by Liam Cosgrave as Taoiseach (Prime Minister).

    This is a clip from the RTÉ current affairs series 'Seven Days' which was broadcast from 1966 to 1977.

    '7 Days' began broadcasting on 26 September 1966 and was RTE television's flagship current affairs programme for ten years. The programme's young production team was made up of producer Lelia Doolan, directors Eoghan Harris and Dick Hill, and reporters John O'Donoghue, Brian Cleeve and Brian Farrell.

    Muiris Mac Conghail became producer of '7 Days' in 1967 when the programme was merged with another current affairs programme, 'Division'.

  • Local keywords
    General Election 1973, Liam Cograve, Fine Gael, St Claire's Pipe Band, Marching band, Campaigning, County Monagahan, Dundalk, Television, Film Cameras
  • Geographical coverage
    Monaghan, Dundalk, Louth, Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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    Black and White
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  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)