Irish presidential election, 1959
In the Irish presidential election in 1959
Fianna Fáil's founder and longterm leader and Taoiseach
, Eamon de Valera
under party pressure decided to leave active party politics and seek the presidency. Fine Gael
decided to run its defeated candidate in 1945, General Sean McEoin against him. As expected, Eamon de Valera easily won the presidency.