Everybody knows the result of the Fianna Fail Leadership Election in 1979 (Haughey won) when he defeated George Colley by a handful of votes. But what if those deputies who changed their minds at the eleventh hour and backed Haughey had supported Colley and he had prevailed, would we have a different Ireland today - different as in better?
George Colley is now largely forgotten but he was somebody from the old school who saw political office as being public service (real service to the state) and in that regard was the antithesis of Haughey, who as we know to our cost had a different vision. Be aware that Colley died in 1983 but it is likely that even a short leadership would have had profound influence on the party and of course would have - in all liklehood - spelt the end of Haughey ambition to lead Fianna Fail.
So would Fianna Fail + Ireland have been better with Colley?