By 1973, Fianna Fáil had been in power for 16 years. Fine Gael and Labour agreed a pre-election pact under a "National Coalition" banner in order to offer an alternative government.

By 1973, Fianna Fáil had been in power for 16 years. Fine Gael and Labour agreed a pre-election pact under a "National Coalition" banner in order to offer an alternative government.

Although Fianna Fáil increased its percentage of the vote, they lost six seats, and a Fine Gael-Labour coalition formed a government, led by Liam Cosgrave as Taoiseach.