Irish presidential election, 1974
The Irish presidential election in 1974
resulted from the sudden death in office of President Childers
. Initially all parties agreed to nominate the late president's widow, Rita Childers. But thanks to a breakdown in communications, Fianna Fáil withdrew from the agreement. Instead it proposed Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh
, a former Chief Justice and an Attorney-General under Eamon de Valera
. All parties agreed to the nomination. With no other candidates nominated, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh was declared elected to be the fifth president of Ireland without a poll.