Following the introduction of Section 31 '7 Days' examines the implications for Irish broadcasting.
In the early 1970s, reporting on the increasingly complex politics of Northern Ireland created editorial dilemmas for RTÉ. Under Section 31 of the Broadcasting Act it was forbidden to broadcast interviews with members of any organisations which
Engages in, promotes, encourages or advocates the attaining of any political objective by violent means.
This '7 Days' programme presented by John O'Donoghue was broadcast on 5 October 1971.
Section 31 was repealed by Minister Michael D. Higgins in 1994. Following the Government decision to allow the Section 31 ban to lapse, RTÉ issued new broadcasting guidelines for its staff.