Labour leader Dick Spring held his seat by just four votes after a total recount.
- Title Election 1987
- 1st Broadcast 18/02/1987
- ContributorBrian 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.
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
- Genre Factual
- 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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- 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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Broadcast - 03/02/1987
Clip Length - 00:04:23
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Broadcast - 20/02/1987
Clip Length - 00:06:49
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Broadcast - 10/02/1987
Clip Length - 00:06:33
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Broadcast - 17/02/1987
Clip Length - 05:18
Dick Spring Just Keeps His Seat
Broadcast - 18/02/1987
Clip Length - 00:05:53
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