RTE will cover Anglo-Irish treaty as ‘live’ broadcast on its 100 year anniversary

Although RTÉ Six One presenter David McCullough said that Covid-19 is “the biggest single story we’ve covered in the past decade” this Friday, taking a break from the coronavirus will bring us back to the biggest story of 1922.

At 7 pm on 7 January, exactly 100 years after the vote on whether or not to ratify the Anglo-Irish Treaty, journalists Mr McCullough and Sinead O’Carroll will be present treaty live,

Although it was pre-recorded and will not be telecast live, the show – which is reminiscent of an RTE prime time special broadcast – will cover the story as if it is breaking in the present day.

The show will include a studio chat with experts, historians and political analysts ranging from fake live satellite links to rowing reports.

It will also include a historical mock drama-documentary and detailed explainers depicting augmented reality.

“With history, you know what the end result is, that takes away from the feeling of being there at the time, so the idea is to try and get yourself, with a little bit of imagination, back in time,” Mr. McCullough told Irish independent,

“So, their face was that they didn’t know which way the vote was going, it was a very close vote given the public opinion of the time, it’s quite dramatic, it’s really bitter and nobody knows.” What is the meaning of yes vote or what is the meaning of no vote.

“So the idea is to try to bring the audience back in time to how someone who followed the news at the time would have felt.”

The journalist said he believed history buffs and people who knew nothing about treaty negotiations would enjoy the show.

“People widely know what happened, but you can tune in without a huge amount of knowledge and I think that will guide you as to what happens and why it’s important and equally if you tune in. And you know a lot about it then I think you will find it quite fascinating because of the way he has written it,” he said.

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Mr. McCullough said it is the conversation about the six female TDs in Dell at the time that most fascinated him about the historical event.

“There were six female TDs in that Dáil and that number will not be reached again after a long time,” he said.

“And all six of them voted against the treaty very interestingly and they were very strong against it and were criticized at the time.

“I found those women interesting because for a long time there were no other women behind them.”

The broadcaster recently released a book aimed at children named The Great Irish Politics Book,

Asked whether he believes children and youth are more involved with politics because of the pandemic, Mr McCullough said: “They probably are, I think a lot of young people are to an extent because of climate change. politicized and the whole point is that they get it and the political system doesn’t get it with the same urgency but, of course covid means that political decisions have a huge impact on their lives, especially Basically for things like school closures.”

As a presenter on RT’s Six One News, Mr. McCullough said it can be exhausting to constantly cover COVID-19, but the public should be informed.

“You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you,” he said.

,[Covid-19] Probably the biggest single story we’ve covered in the last decade, certainly since the financial crash, and unfortunately it’s still relevant so we have to cover it and we have to explain to people what’s going on and everything else so it’s constantly finding new ways to cover it up.

“It’s always a challenge, but it’s our duty as journalists in all media to try to tell people what’s happening and what’s happening and what the implications are for them and so really about it.” There’s not much choice.”

Treaty Live airs Friday, January 7 at 7 pm on RTE One.