1965 General Election

1965 General Election

06 Dec The general election of April 1965 was the first to be covered by television. Studio One was converted into a special "Election Newsroom" with John O'Donoghue as presenter.

Liam Cosgrave 1973

1973 General Election

06 Dec By 1973, Fianna Fáil had been in power for 16 years. Fine Gael and Labour agreed a pre-election pact under a "National Coalition" banner in order to offer an alternative government.

1977 General Election

1977 General Election

06 Dec The election for the 21st Dáil Éireann resulted in Fianna Fáil winning with the largest majority ever gained by one party

Garret FitzGerald at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis (1981) © RTÉ Still Library 2101/057

1981 General Election

06 Dec The first of five general elections held during the 1980s saw Charles Haughey and Garret Fitzgerald fighting their first elections as leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael respectively.

A view of the electronic results board during General Election 1982 (February) © RTÉ Stills Library 2068-091

1982 General Election February

21 Dec In 1982, there were two general elections. The first, held in February, followed the collapse of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition after the Government's budget had been defeated.

RTE Television Studio 1, during coverage of General Election 1982 (November) © RTÉ Stills Library 2008/054

1982 General Election November

21 Dec This was the election that nobody wanted: nine months after the last one, a third general election within 18 months was called

Today Tonight : PDs and FF to Form Government

1989 General Election

21 Dec Following a June general election, the results made it very difficult to form a new government.

Marketplace : Campaiging in Dublin

1992 General Election

21 Dec The Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition government collapsed in 1992 after allegations of dishonesty surrounding the Beef Tribunal.

Mary Harney and Dick Spring in a televised debate for the 1997 general election.

1997 General Election

21 Dec In November 1994, Labour left the coalition with Fianna Fáil, and for the first time in Ireland, a party left government and formed a new government with the opposition parties of Fine Gael and Democratic Left.

Bertie Ahern on the campaign trail for the 2002 general election.

2002 General Election

21 Dec In the lead-up to the 2002 General Election, Labour, sensing the unpopularity of Fine Gael, did not enter into a pre-election pact. The election was a disaster for Fine Gael, who lost 23 seats.

Election poster for the 2007 general election.

2007 General Election

21 Dec 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 that of Michael McDowell.

Votes are counted in the 2011 general election.

2011 General Election

21 Dec The 2011 general election is the worst election result for Fianna Fáil since the party was founded while the Green Party failed to get anyone elected.

Albert Reynolds and Dick Spring.

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Laweb_Election 2002 -- Nora Owen

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Marian Finucane 1995 © RTÉ Stills Library 4263/063

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LAweb_Election_1997_Bruton_Ahern_TV Debate

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LAWEB General Elections 1992 -- Dr Mossajee Bhamjee

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Liam Cahill © RTÉ Stills Library 2019/026

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Gay Byrne © RTÉ Stills Library 0132/056

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Des O'Malley 
Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis 1983 
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Ted Nealon © RTÉ Stills Library 0160-047

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Colm Wilkinson © RTÉ Stills Library 2287/065

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