The 2007 general election saw Fianna Fáil once again returned as the largest political party. Their coalition partners the Progressive Democrats lost 6 seats including including Michael McDowell's. Fine Gael gained 19 seats.
Fianna Fáil initially stated that their preference for forming a govenrment would be with the PDs and some independent candidates. However the new governement would be a Fianna Fáil and Green Party coalition.
RTÉ provided the largest ever coverage for an election in Ireland reporting on television radio and online. Among the more interesting reports in the lead up to the election were looks at the effectiveness of campaign posters and impact of election campaigning on the environment.
Michael McDowell of the Progressive Democrats and John Gormley of the Green Party clash on the streets of the Dublin suburb Ranelagh.
All political parties had green issues in their manifestos for the 2007 general election. This report looks at the impact of the party campaigns on the environment.
How important are election posters? Are they worth the cost? What impact do they have on the electorate?
RTÉ announces plans for broadcasting coverage of the 2007 general election using radio, television, teletext and the internet.