• Short Summary

    THE DATE FOR THE EIRE GENERAL ELECTION IS APRIL 7.THE 17TH DAIL (PARLIAMENT) WAS DISSOLVED?

  • Description

    THE DATE FOR THE EIRE GENERAL ELECTION IS APRIL 7.THE 17TH DAIL (PARLIAMENT) WAS DISSOLVED ON MARCH 18 FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT OF A FIANNA FAIL (GOVERNMENT PARTY) CANDIDATE IN A BY-ELECTION IN MID-CORK.

    THE GOVERNMENT AT PRESENT HOLDS 70 SEATS OUT OF 144 IN THE DAIL.FINE GAEL HAS 48, LABOUR 18 AND OTHERS SEVEN; THERE WAS ONE VACANCY ON THE GOVERNMENT SIDE.THE 18TH DAIL WILL ASSEMBLE ON APRIL 21.

    THE PREMIER'S SURPRISE DECISION TO CALL THE ELECTION FOLLOWED A MEETING WITH THE CABINET."I AM CONVINCED", HE SAID THEN, "THAT IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST THE RIGHT COURSE IS TO GIVE ALL THE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY AT AN EARLY GENERAL ELECTION TO INDICATE THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE DESIRE TO SEE THEM CARRIED OUT WITHOUT DANGER OF UNNECESSARY INTERRUPTION OR DELAY."
    THE 17TH DAIL HAD LASTED THREE YEARS AND 5 1/2 MONTHS DURING WHICH THERE WERE FIVE BY-ELECTIONS.TWO OF THESE WERE WON BY FIANNA FAIL, TWO BY FINE GAEL AND ONE -- THE MID-CORK BY-ELECTION - BY LABOUR.

    THE FINE GAEL WERE CAUGHT UNPREPARED WITH A NEW POLICY ONLY HALF READY; A SERIES OF EMERGENCY MEETING SECURED UNAMINOUS AGREEMENT.THE IRISH LABOUR PARTY RELIES FOR ITS SUPPORT MAINLY ON THE PERSONAL POPULARITY OF ITS DEPUTIES, PRINCIPALLY IN RURAL AREAS.

    THERE IS KEEN SPECULATION ON THE POSSIBILITY THAT NEW FACES WILL EMERGE ON THE ELECTION SCENE AS THE CAMPAIGN PROGRESSES.SHORTLY BEFORE THE LAST GENERAL ELECTION A NUMBER OF DEPUTIES ANNOUNCED THEIR INTENTION NOT TO CONTEST THEIR SEATS.

    REPORTS SUGGEST THAT THIS ELECTION WILL BE CLOSE - WITH NO MAJOR CHANGE IN THE FAIRLY EVEN BALLOT BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION PARTIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA10HYGALV27MJ16QO1BOHJBW5E
    Media URN:
    VLVA10HYGALV27MJ16QO1BOHJBW5E
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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