The return of the Dáíl to the Round Room of the Mansion House to mark the 50th anniversary of its first meeting and to honour the surviving members of that Dáil.

A special programme 'An Caogú  Cuimhneachán den Chéad Dáil' shows the return of the Dáíl to the Round Room of the Mansion House marking the 50th anniversary of its first meeting and honouring the surviving members.

TDs, sentators and members of the first Dáil and of the Diplomatic Corps gather in Dublin's Mansion House to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Dáil. President de Valera addresses the gathering. His speech is briefly interrupted by veteran Republican Joseph Clarke, who protests about the jailing of Denis Dennehy, a member of the Dublin Housing Action Committee, for squatting in a house in Mountjoy Square. The President goes on to pay tribute to those members of the Dáil who are still alive, and he reminds the serving TDs and senators of their responsibility to the people of Ireland. 

This was the first time that RTÉ Radio and Television broadcast live coverage of a Dáil session. Eleven of the twelve surviving Sinn Féin deputies can be seen in attendance - Joseph O’Doherty, P.J Ward, Dr James Ryan, Robert Barton, Richard Mulcahy, Ernest Blythe, Seán MacEntee, Dr Brian Cusack, Alasdair Mac Cába, Padraig O’Keefe and President Eamon de Valera. Sean Nunan, who had acted as a clerk to the Dáil in 1919, is also present.

Reporter Sean Duignan speaking in Irish introduces the surviving members of the first Dáil.