Saturday 17 March 2018

Head-to-Head - The inner-party feuds that helped shape modern Irish politics

Graham Clifford

Charlie Haughey v George Colley

As Haughey and Colley fought for the Fianna Fáil leadership for over 20 years, their mutual animosity was ever-present. Following the retirement of Seán Lemass in 1966, the political heavyweights both sought the top job but, after a bitter battle, it was decided that a compromise candidate, Jack Lynch, would serve the party best. The two came head-to-head again in 1979 when Lynch resigned. Though he was Tánaiste, Colley lost out to his old foe. Upon re-election in 1982, Haughey pushed Colley to the backbenches,

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