First Televised Leaders' Debate

EXHIBITION : RTÉ COVERAGE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS

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The leaders of the two main political parties face each other for the first time in a televised debate prior to a general election.

  • Title
    First Televised Leaders' Debate
  • 1st Broadcast
    16/02/1982
  • Contributor
    Barry Cowan (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:30
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Today Tonight
  • Clip title
    First Televised Leaders' Debate
  • Extended description

    For the first time on Irish television, the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the day, Garret Fitzgerald of Fine Gael, and the leader of the opposition party Fianna Fáil, Charles Haughey, debate live on television.

    On the night of the debate, the interest resembled that given to prizefighters before they enter the ring. The press were there in force to cover the arrival of Fitzgerald and Haughey at the RTÉ television studios in Donnybrook.

    In a 'Today Tonight' special two days before the election, the prospective Taoisigh debate the election issues live on air. Presenter Barry Cowan outlines the background to the election using RTÉ news archive footage and introduces the debate to be chaired by Brian Farrell.

  • Information

    A 'Today Tonight' special plays host to the first televised leaders debate when broadcast on 16 February 1982.

    '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 1982, Garret Fitzgerald, Charles Haughey, Fine Gael, Jim Kenny, John Bruton, RTÉ, Fianna Fáil, Dáil Éireann
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1982
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    DX20/00418
  • IPR restrictions
    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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