Irish presidential election, 1973

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Irish presidential election, 1973
Republic of Ireland
← 1966 30 May 1973 1974 →
Turnout 62.2%
Nominee Erskine H. Childers Tom O'Higgins
Party Fianna Fáil Fine Gael
Popular vote 635,867 587,771
Final percentage 52.0% 48.0%

President before election

Éamon de Valera
Fianna Fáil

Elected President

Erskine H. Childers
Fianna Fáil

The Irish presidential election of 1973 was held on 30 May 1973. Incumbent president Éamon de Valera was 90 years old and constitutionally barred from seeking a third term. His party Fianna Fáil sought to get former Tánaiste Frank Aiken to run for the presidency, but he declined. Under pressure, former Tánaiste Erskine H. Childers agreed to run. The odds-on favourite was Fine Gael deputy leader, Tom O'Higgins, who had come within 1% of defeating Éamon de Valera in the 1966 presidential election. In a political upset, Erskine H. Childers won the presidency.


Irish presidential election, 1973[1]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Erskine H. Childers 635,867 52.0 1 1
Fine Gael Tom O'Higgins 587,771 48.0
Electorate: 1,977,817   Valid: 1,223,638   Spoilt: 6,946 (0.5%)   Quota: 611,820   Turnout: 62.2%
Popular vote

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  1. ^ "Presidential Election 30 May 1973". Retrieved 23 November 2009.