Sligo welcome home the west of Ireland's first Minister for Finance and Tánaiste Ray MacSharry.

Following a leadership upheaval, Taoiseach Charles Haughey rewards Ray MacSharry's loyalty by appointing him Minister for Finance and Tánaiste.

In spite of poor weather, thousands of cheering well wishers turn out in Sligo to welcome home their local boy made good. Bonfires blaze along the route in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency to the home of Ray MacSharry in Carraroe on the outskirts of Sligo. He considers the night,

The highlight of his 13 years as a Dáil deputy.

At Sligo’s Town Hall, Ray MacSharry is given a civic reception by acting Mayor Tony McLoughlin. Following the February 1982 General Election Fianna Fáil took three of the Sligo-Leitrim constituency’s four Dáil seats. On a podium outside the Town Hall Ray MacSharry, flanked by fellow deputies John Ellis and Mattie Brennan addresses yet another crowd. There is even a special song to mark the occasion,

This one man tall, dark, handsome, a man who would turn tears to laughter, poverty to prosperity, gloom and doom to bloom and boom.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 March 1982. The reporter is Tommie Gorman.