An Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald continues his tour of the country looking for support for Fine Gael in the forthcoming general election.
Ahead of the general election due to take place on 18 February Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald arrives at Shannon Airport. He is met by Tom O'Donnell TD and other supporters with a rendition of 'For He's A Jolly Good Fellow'. This was to be the first general election of 1982 which was called after the collapse of the Fine Gael Labour Party coalition government when the budget was defeated.
At the Shannon Industrial Estate and Garret FitzGerald meets the workers. One worker asks the Taoiseach if he will be removing VAT on children's clothes and shoes, the very subject which led to the collapse of the government.
In Ennis the Taoiseach canvasses on the street before getting back on the campaign bus to Limerick where a press conference is held. Garret FitzGerald tells journalists that the election will be held on the subject of a hung Dáil and not on what he describes as the narrow issue of additional taxes.
Who can be trusted to govern and have the guts to govern this country at this time.
In County Meath, Dr FitzGerald is met by Minister for Finance John Bruton.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 February 1982.