The by election was caused by the death of George Colley. After much insistence by Bertie , former TD Tom Leonard, was selected as the Fianna Fail candidate. He duly won the seat. In the Message from Fainna Fail Leader Charles Haugheys he appears to take full credit for the Gregory deal as if he did it off his own bat. The By-Election was Fine Gael candidate and future MEP Mary Bannottis first electoral outing.