Cha and Miah are concerned that the Minister for Hardship may eradicate the recession.

In a sketch for 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' Cha (Frank Duggan) and Miah (Michael Twomey) discuss whether the satirical Minister for Hardship, Richie Ruin, will abolish the recession.

Do you think Miah that Richie Ruin will able to abolish the recession after what the EEC is after saying?

Miah had moments where he feared this might be the case and

We'd have been faced with the horrible prospect of going back to work.

Thankfully this did not happen but Cha cannot understand why Richie Ruin would threaten such a terrible thing as the recession was going well and everyone was quite happy with it.

I never heard anyone complaining except the Fianna Fail crowd, but then they were only saying that for spite.

Miah thinks the forthcoming election is behind the talk of abolishing the recession.

At election time the politicians goes mad, and they says things they didn’t mean to say, and then they have to spend the next three or four years trying to make the people believe that they didn’t say it at all in the first place.

Clearly Richie Ruin does not have the courage of his convictions and all the parties will forget about bringing back full employment once the votes are counted.

Last thing Richie wants to do is to annoy the workers, we wouldn’t stand for it anyway, I’m telling you boy, the recession is as safe as houses.

This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 16 February 1977.

Frank Hall’s amusing and satirical series began on 29 September 1971 with the full title ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly Incorporating the Provincial Vindicator’ which became known as ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’.

The series allowed Frank Hall to follow his own interest in the lives of viewers throughout the country.  Regarded as RTÉ’s flagship comedy show, it featured satirical sketches on current news stories and popular culture, as well as parody songs, comedy sketches, re-edited videos, cartoons and spoof television formats.

The show ran for nine series until 1980.