'Seven Days' examines the relationship between politics and the church.

During the 1969 general election television began to cover the campaign trail. Candidates had not yet developed television skills and were unsure of how they would appear to viewers.

The current affairs programme 'Seven Days' went to Kilbeggan where candidates campaigned at church gates and at a religious procession.

In this clip, Gerry Le Strange of Fine Gael uses the traditional approach of addressing mass-goers at the church gates.

This is where the politician gets his biggest crowd.

This episode of 'Seven Days' was broadcast on 13 June 1969. The reporter is Bill O'Herlihy.

The RTÉ current affairs series 'Seven Days' was broadcast from 1966 to 1977.