A look at the first election campaign for the Progressive Democrats a new political party.
An extract from a 'Today Tonight' report on the first election campaign of the Progressive Democrats party. The Progressive Democrats were founded in 1985 by Dessie O'Malley. A former Fianna Fáil minister and ardent opponent of Charles Haughey, O'Malley was joined by Mary Harney, Bobby Molloy and Pearse Wyse from Fianna Fáil, and by Fine Gael TD Michael Keating and former Fine Gael activist Michael McDowell. The director of elections for the PDs was former RTÉ journalist and presenter Pat Cox.
This extract shows PD leader Dessie O'Malley canvassing nationwide. The PD General Secretary Pat Cox is interviewed and the management team is shown strategising.
This clip also shows a PD candidate being verbally abused by a disgruntled elderly voter in at Raheny train station in Dublin.