Hunger Striker Elected

EXHIBITION : RTÉ COVERAGE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS

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Kieran Doherty is elected for Cavan-Monaghan while on hunger strike in the Maze Prison while serving sentences for possession of firearms and explosives, and for hijacking.

  • Title
    Election '81
  • 1st Broadcast
    12/06/1981
  • Contributor
    Vincent Browne (Reporter)
    Brian Farrell (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:01
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Today Tonight
  • Clip title
    Hunger Striker Elected
  • Extended description

    Kieran Doherty was elected for Cavan-Monaghan while on hunger strike in the Maze Prison where he was serving sentences for possession of firearms and explosives, and for hijacking.

    During RTÉ's election results programme presented by Brian Farrell, Vincent Browne gives his reaction to the returns for Doherty after the first count in Cavan-Monaghan. Kieran Doherty died at the age of 25, having gone without food for 73 days.

  • Information

    The first of five general elections held during the 1980s saw Charles Haughey and Garret Fitzgerald fighting their first elections as leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael respectively.

    H-Block candidates ran in the the election in support of the Republican prisoners on hunger strike in the Maze Prison in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The prisoners had gone on hunger strike, aiming to secure the reintroduction of political status for Republican prisoners.

    This clip is taken from special edition of 'Today Tonight' covering the 1981 general election results.

    '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
    General Election 1981, Kieran Doherty, Maze Prison, Long Kesh, H Block, Hunger Strikes, Irish Repubican Army, Cavan, Monaghan
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1981
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    97D/00585
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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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