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Irish presidential election, 1959

Irish presidential election, 1959

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Turnout 58.3%

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Nominee Éamon de Valera Seán Mac Eoin
Party Fianna Fáil Fine Gael
Popular vote 538,003 417,536
Final percentage 56.3% 43.7%

President before election

Seán T. O'Kelly
Fianna Fáil

Elected President

Éamon de Valera
Fianna Fáil

The Irish presidential election of 1959 was held on 17 June 1959.[1] Fianna Fáil's founder and longtime leader, Taoiseach Éamon de Valera (under pressure from members of his party) decided to leave active party politics and seek the presidency. The main opposition party, Fine Gael, decided to run its defeated candidate in 1945, Seán Mac Eoin, against him. As expected, Éamon de Valera won the presidency.


Irish presidential election, 1959[2]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Éamon de Valera 538,003 56.3 1 1
Fine Gael Seán Mac Eoin 417,536 43.7
Electorate: 1,678,450   Valid: 955,539   Spoilt: 24,089 (2.5%)   Quota: 477,770   Turnout: 58.3%
Popular vote
Mac Eoin

See also


  1. ^ A referendum proposing to change the electoral system was held on the same day, see Third Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland Bill, 1958.
  2. ^ "Presidential Election 17 June 1959". Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Irish presidential election, 1959". Irish Political Maps. Retrieved 6 October 2013.