Fionnan Sheahan: Fine Gael's success is all down to right candidate
THE ghost of Tom O'Higgins still lingers in Fine Gael as it prepares for the presidential election campaign. The late former minister came within 1pc of beating Fianna Fail founding father Eamon de Valera for the Presidency in 1966.
The 10,717 vote gap became a rallying call for Fine Gael activists in future campaigns as party members were reminded that just one more vote in every ballot box in the country would have won the day.
Although O'Higgins again put in a creditable performance against Erskine Childers in 1973, Fine Gael has never gone as close since.