Taoiseach Campaigns in Border Counties

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Taoiseach Charles Haughey speaks out strongly against the H Block activists who attempt to disrupt his election campaign.

  • Title
    Taoiseach Campaigns in Border Counties
  • 1st Broadcast
    02/06/1981
  • Contributor
    Tom McSweeney (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:50
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Taoiseach Campaigns in Border Counties
  • Extended description

    RTÉ News reports on the Taoiseach Charles Haughey leader of the Fianna Fáil party as he campaigns throughout the country in advance on the 1981 general election.

    In the border counties of Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan , supporters of the hunger strikers in the H Block prison attempt to disrupt the campaign.

    The National H-Blocks Committees had announced that they would harrass the Taoiseach during all public appearances during the election campaign because, they claimed, he had not done enough to end the hunger strike in the Maze Prison.

    The Taoiseach is received warmly in Arklow and Newtownmountkennedy.

  • Information

    RTÉ News reports on the Taoiseach Charles Haughey as he campaigns throughout the country against the background of hunger strikes by Republican prisoners in the north of Ireland.

    Republican prisoners in Long Kesh prison, also known as the Maze or the H Blocks near Belfast , Northern Ireland wished to be treated as political prisonsers. 10 prisoners died on the 1981 hunger strikes.

  • Local keywords
    General Election 1981, Charles Haughey, Fianna Fail, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Monaghan, Castleblaney, Gardai, Cootehill, County Cavan , Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow, H Block supporters, Declan Connolly, Arklow, County Wexford
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Donegal, Letterkenny, Monaghan, Castleblaney, Cavan, Cootehill, Newtownmountkennedy, Arklow, Wicklow, Wexford
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1981
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    N153/0081D
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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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