Public opinion changed greatly between 1916 and the general election of December 1918. Members of the first Dáil recall what brought about this change.

Aindreas Ó Gallchoir's programme 'An Chéad Dáil 1919' interviewed surviving members of the first Dáíl. Public opinion changed greatly between 1916 and the general election of December 1918. Sinn Féin's influence on the farmers, the British Government's attitude to the Nationalist Party, a threat of conscription to the British Army and the execution of the leaders of the Easter 1916 Rising were all to impact on voting.

In this extract Alasdair Mac Cába, Padraig O'Keefe, Richard Mulcahy and Ernest Blythe, who were all elected in 1918, talk about events that increased support for Sinn Féin.