Charles Haughey makes promises to islanders on the campaign trail in the west of Ireland.

Looking for votes at the church gates is still very much part of the 1987 general elections campaign.  In the west of Ireland Charles Haughey along with his constituency front runner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn met mass goers hoping to secure the Fianna Fáil vote. 

About 1,600 people live on the islands and the battle for their hearts and number one votes got under way in earnest today.

The islanders remained coy about which way they would vote. Their immediate preoccupation is with improving the ferry services to and from the island. At a meeting in Kilronan Community Centre, Charles Haughey was optimistic that their concerns could be addressed by a Fianna Fáil government. He made promises of a new roll-on, roll-off ferry service as well as access to a helicopter emergency service.

An RTÉ News broadcast on 30 November 1986. The reporter is Jim Fahy.