Environmental Impact of Election Campaigning

EXHIBITION : RTÉ COVERAGE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS

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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.

  • Title
    Environmental Impact of Election Campaigning
  • 1st Broadcast
    30/04/2007
  • Contributor
    Martina Fitzgerald (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:07
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Environmental Impact of Election Campaigning
  • Extended description

    All the political parties have made the environment a priority in their election manifestos. RTÉ reporter Martina Fitzgerald looks at whether they are living up to their own pledges. She report "There was no shortage of Ministers at the launch of Fianna Fáil's environment manifesto. But will Bertie Ahern live up to the promises as he hits the campaign trail tomorrow? Its not clear yet how many miles the Taosieach will notch up but he'll be travelling in environmentally friendly cars. Air transport though is also a possibility."

    The Fine Gael colours may be blue but Enda Kenny's campaign will have a strong green theme.The Fine Gael party leader intends covering a whopping 20,000 km - in the front seat of a biofuel friendly tour bus or four jeeps. He'll also be travelling by air.

    As the Labour campaign bus was rolled out today - the party was highlighting it's green and red credentials. Pat Rabbitte will cover over 6,000 kms in a 41 seat bus. And he's keeping his feet on the ground.The party is also considering offsetting their carbon emissions.

    Ideally the Green party would like to travel by bike. But with a campaign covering 1500 km .Trevor Sargent will be travelling on a environmentally friendly bus and by train.

    Michael McDowell of the Progressive Democrats always provides colour in a campaign. Covering some 6,000 kilometres Mr McDowell and his entrouage will be travelling by car.

    Sinn Féin is also hoping to highlight their green credentials, but from an environmental perspective. Gerry Adams will be travelling by car and booking some flights But the party has signed up to a tree planting scheme to offset their carbon emissions.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report on how the campaigns of the various political parties will impact on the environment during the general election of 2007.

  • Local keywords
    General Election 2007, Campaigning, Green Party, Labour party, Fine Gael, Bertie Ahern, Pat Rabbitte, Michael McDowell, Gerry Adams, Trevor Sargent, Enda Kenny, Canvassing, Sinn Fein, Fianna Fáil
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    2007
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    BN07/120
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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