Nearly 40 years after television first covered a general election, the sheer scale on which Irish politics was now being reported is obvious from this report for 'The Week in Politics'.

Reporter Sinead Crowley looks back at the first week of the 2002 General Election Campaign. Politicians are shown canvassing nationwide and attending press conferences with their parties.

Politicians included in the report are Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Michael Noonan, Mary Harney, Ruairi Quinn, Michael McDowell, Alan Dukes, Padraig Flynn, Jim McDaid and Joe Costello all from various parties.