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
- ContributorLiam 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.
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
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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 Election Campaign For PDs
Broadcast - 03/02/1987
Clip Length - 00:04:23
Newspaper Offers £250,000 to Predict Election Results
Broadcast - 20/02/1987
Clip Length - 00:06:49
Disenchantment Among Young Voters
Broadcast - 10/02/1987
Clip Length - 00:06:33
Success for the Progressive Democrats
Broadcast - 17/02/1987
Clip Length - 05:18
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Broadcast - 18/02/1987
Clip Length - 00:05:53
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