A new wave of drama on RTÉ Television introduced series such as 'Paths to Freedom', 'Bachelors Walk' and 'The Clinic'.

A new wave of drama on RTÉ Television introduced series such as 'Paths to Freedom', 'Bachelors Walk' and 'The Clinic'.

In current affairs 'Prime Time Investigates' sparked a national debate on care for the elderly after a programme about conditions in the Lease Cross nursing show. 'Questions and Answers' came to an end after 23 years while 'The Late Late Show' would have a new presenter.

The last medium wave transmitter at Moydrum closed down while a pilot for high defintion television commenced.

In the Arts RTÉ would celebrate the works of Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney while a turkey would represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest.