Unlikely Partners PDs and FF Form Coalition


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Unlikely partners the Progressive Democrats and Fianna Fáil from a coalition government.

  • Title
    PDs and FF Form Coalition
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  • Contributor
    Jerry O'Callaghan (Reporter)
    Brian Farrell (Presenter)
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    Today Tonight
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    Unlikely Partners PDs and FF Form Coalition
  • Extended description

    This is a clip from the RTÉ current affairs series 'Today Tonight' . A month after the 1989 general election, Fianna Fáil entered coalition for the first time since the 1930s. More remarkable was that their partners were to be the Progressive Democrats, the party whose founding members had left Fianna Fáil in 1985. As late as the second day of the count, Charles Haughey was opposed to any form of coalition.

    When the 26th Dáil [government] gathered to finally elect a government, 'Today Tonight' sought the opinions of the deputies from all sides. Charlie McCreevy and Maire Geoghegan Quinn of Fianna Fáil, Michael D Higgins and Emmet Stagg of the Labour Party, Phil Hogan and Michael Lowry of Fine Gael and Jim Kemmy of the Democratic Socialist party give their views.

    Pat Rabbitte of the Workers Party, Bobby Molloy, Mary Harney, Dessie O'Malley of the Progressive Democrats also discuss the coalition in front of Leinster House in Dublin.

    Presenter Brian Farrell introduces the report by showing an archive clip of the Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey saying he would not enter coalition.

  • Information

    Following a June general election, the results made it very difficult to form a new government. Fianna Fáil failed to win a hoped for overall majority and actually lost seats. The Progressive Democrats also lost seats. A month after the election, following protracted negotiations, the parties formed a coalition government.

    A report from 'Today Tonight' looking at how the PDs and Fianna Fáíl are to form a government broadcast 12 July 1989.

    '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.

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    Coalition, Progressive Democrats, Charles Haughey, Charlie McCreevy, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, Michael D Higgins, Phil Hogan, Emmet Stagg, Fine Gael, Bobby Molloy, Pat Rabbitte, Workers Party, Progressive Democrats, Dessie O'Malley, Michael Lowry, Jim Kemmy
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  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
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    RTÉ One
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    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)