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Irish Presidential Election poster for Thomas O'Higgins for President. Coloured image of O'Higgins with white lettering with green and orange backgrounds. Printed May 1973. Tom O’Higgins stood as the Fine Gael candidate but lost to the Fianna Fail candidate Erskine Childers by 635,867 votes to 578,771. In the 1966 presidential election he stood against the encumbent President, Eamon De Valera and lost by a mere 1% of the vote.