In 1979  Charles Haughey was elected leader of the Fianna Fáil political party.

Following the resignation of Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch, the position as leader became available and was contested by both Charles Haughey and the Tánaiste, George Colley. Haughey won the leadership battle.

From the press conference following his appointment as leader Haughey talks about the privilege of his new position. 

On 11 December 1979 Haughey was elected Taoiseach. 

In this excerpt from the press conference, reporter Brian Farrell poses the question "What happens now?", which will be discussed on the programme 'Frontline' later that evening.

This press conference was broadcast live on RTÉ Television on 7 December, 1979.