Education was a significant feature on the political scene in 1966.

On 10 September 1966 Minister for Education and Fianna Fáil TD Donogh O'Malley announced the introduction of free secondary school education up to Intermediate Certificate level. 

I'm a realist and I had to deal with the crying needs of our young children who thirst for education so much and so many of whom can not afford it.

61,500 secondary students stand to benefit from the announcement. 

Patrick Lindsay TD and Fine Gael Shadow Minister for Education puts forward his party's proposals for eventual free post-primary education for all. 

This report by Seán Duignan is taken from the Diary of 1966 broadcast on 31 December 1966.