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
- ContributorBarry 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.
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
- Genre News
- Topic Politics and Economics
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ One
- Production year 1982
- Country of production IRELAND
- Original identifier DX20/00418
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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)
First Televised Leaders' Debate
Broadcast - 16/02/1982
Clip Length - 00:06:30
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