First Election Campaign For PDs

EXHIBITION : RTÉ COVERAGE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS

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A look at the first election campaign for the Progressive Democrats a new politcal party.

  • Title
    First Election Campaign for the PD Party
  • 1st Broadcast
    03/02/1987
  • Contributor
    Liam O'Flanagan (Reporter)
    Brian Farrell (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:23
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Today Tonight
  • Clip title
    First Election Campaign For PDs
  • Extended description

    An extract from a 'Today Tonight' report on the first election campaign of the Progressive Democrats party. The Progressive Democrats were founded in 1985 by Dessie O'Malley. A former Fianna Fáil minister and ardent opponent of Charles Haughey, O'Malley was joined by Mary Harney, Bobby Molloy and Pearse Wyse from Fianna Fáil, and by Fine Gael TD Michael Keating and former Fine Gael activist Michael McDowell. The director of elections for the PDs was former RTÉ journalist and presenter Pat Cox.

    This extract shows PD leader Dessie O'Malley canvassing nationwide. The PD General Secretary Pat Cox is interviewed and the management team is shown strategising.

    This clip also shows a PD candidate being verbally abused by a disgruntled elderly voter in at Raheny train station in Dublin.

  • Information

    A 'Today Tonight' report on a new political party for Ireland the Progressive Democrats broadcast 3 February 1987.

    '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 1987, Progressive Democrats Party, Dessie O'Malley, Campaiging, Pat Cox, Mary Harney, Stephen O'Byrnes, Canvassing, Raheny Dart Station
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1987
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    P50/00087
  • 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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