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.
The 1969 General Election brought Fianna Fáil their fourth victory in a row.
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.
The election for the 21st Dáil Éireann resulted in Fianna Fáil winning with the largest majority ever gained by one party
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.
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.
This was the election that nobody wanted: nine months after the last one, a third general election within 18 months was called
On 17 February 1987, the fourth general election of the 1980s was held.
Following a June general election, the results made it very difficult to form a new government.
The Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition government collapsed in 1992 after allegations of dishonesty surrounding the Beef Tribunal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Television and radio coverage of the 1965 General Election signalled the start of a new era for political reporting