Dick Spring Just Keeps His Seat

EXHIBITION : RTÉ COVERAGE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS

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Labour leader Dick Spring held his seat by just four votes after a total recount.

  • Title
    Election 1987
  • 1st Broadcast
    18/02/1987
  • Contributor
    Brian Farrell (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:53
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Today Tonight
  • Clip title
    Dick Spring Just Keeps His Seat
  • Extended description

    Presenter Brian Farrell talks live to Dick Spring leader of the Labour Party at the count centre in Tralee County Kerry on results night. He is awaiting a recount. He describes his feelings to Brian Farrell and his position as that of "...playing against the wind for both halves."

    There is a break in the interview as coverage goes live to Sligo, where after the seventh count, there is success for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

    Barry Desmond in the RTÉ studio congratulates Dick Spring. Ireland uses the proportional representation system in elections. Spring quips that Barry Desmond could have had an increase in his duties if five votes had not been found.

  • Information

    A special edition of 'Today Tonight' covering the 1987 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
    Dick Spring, General Election 1987, Tralee, County Kerry, Proportional Representation, Barry Desmond, Labour Party, Sligo
  • Geographical coverage
    Tralee, Kerry.Sligo, Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1987
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    97D/01533
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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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