"In the Higher National Interest"

EXHIBITION : RTÉ COVERAGE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS

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With difficulties again arising in the formation of a government Liam Cahill reports on the Dáil debate on the election of a Taoiseach.

  • Title
    General Election 1989
  • 1st Broadcast
    06/07/1989
  • Contributor
    Vere Wynne Jones (Presenter)
    Liam Cahill (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:17
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    News at Six Thirty
  • Clip title
    "In the Higher National Interest"
  • Extended description

    During a Dáíl debate on the election of a Taoiseach it is agreed that more time be given to Fianna Fáíl and the Progressive Democrats to negotiate for a coalition government.

    When the election results were complete it became obvious that yet again it was going to be difficult to form a government. When the newly elected Dáil deputies met on 29 June, they were unable to elect a new Taoiseach and government.

    In a Dáil debate on 6 July, Charles Haughey indicates that Fianna Fáil would be willing to enter coalition "in the higher national interest" of forming a government and avoiding another election.

  • Information

    A report for the 'News at Six Thirty' on the Dáil debate to elect a Taoiseach on 6 July 1989.

    The photograph accompanying this clip show reporter Liam Cahill taken in 1990.

    The photographer was Tom Holton. RTÉ Stills Library 2019/026

  • Local keywords
    Politics, Elections, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour, Debates
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1989
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    QCC006085
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Stereo
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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