Fine Gael and Labour took quite a battering at the polls
The polling stations closed on Friday night and the first boxes were opened at 9am on Saturday morning - but was anyone expecting the fact that Fine Gael were going to take such a battering at the polls?
More than 90 TDs have now been elected to the 32nd Dáil.
The day was Fianna Fáil's with all eyes now on whether they'll be the largest party.
Out of 91 seats elected, Fine Gael has 27, Labour has 3, Fianna Fáil has 27 and Sinn Féin has 12.
There are 3 Social Democrats, the Greens have 1, 4 TDs from the People Before Profit Anti Austerity Alliance, 4 for the Independent Alliance and 10 other independents.
There were some big government casualties, including former Ministers Alex White of Labour and Alan Shatter of Fine Gael.
Enda Kenny's seat is safe - he was re-elected after the first count in Mayo - and Joan Burton has also been re-elected, becoming the first Labour TD to be voted into the 32nd Dáil.
Speaking after his election, the Taoiseach said he has a 'duty and responsibility' to provide the country with a stable government after the people's decision.
He added that it is a "disappointing day for our party":
The Tánaiste, meanwhile, was elected on the final count in Dublin West, although failed to reach the quota. Brendan Howlin and Jan O'Sullivan are the only other Labour candidates to have been elected.
A number of counts are completed, with most having been adjourned until Sunday morning. However, notably Wexford and Cork East continued into the night.
Shane Ross was elected on the second count in Dublin Rathdown and joins Seán Barrett in Dun Laoghaire who was automatically returned as Ceann Comhairle.
Galway East was the first constituency to declare a first count but no-one was elected. It did confirm that Colm Keaveney who defected from Labour to Fianna Fáil in the last Dáil is likely to lose his seat.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar won a seat on the second count, and has backed Enda Kenny as leader of the party.
Transport & Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe has also retained his seat in Dublin Central.
Fianna Fáil's Seán Fleming has been elected in Laois. Party leader Micheal Martin and Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath were both elected in Cork south central on the first count.
In Dublin Mid West Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald was pipped by Sinn Féin's Eoin O'Broin to the poll topping position - but both are elected.
Richard Boyd Barrett and Ruth Coppinger were the first People Before Profit / Anti Austerity Alliance candidates to have been elected.
Renua leader Lucinda Creighton was eliminated and will not keep her Dublin Bay South Seat.
How Day One Kicked Off
The morning began with a breakdown of The Irish Times and RTE exit polls which suggested that the Fine Gael / Labour Coalition is not coming back, a difficult Fine Gael / Fianna Fail Coalition looks like the only viable Government that can be formed and that Sinn Fein, independents and the smaller parties are looking at massive gains.
The counts started early and they started in earnest. There was much excitement as the boxes opened across the country.
Now the tallies are coming in, with Tánaiste Joan Burton looking relatively safe:
It's a very different situation for her Labour colleague Ged Nash, who sits in sixth position in a Sinn Féin-dominated five-seater:
Mick Wallace under performed in Wexford, and faces a few worrying hours:
Well executed vote-management might see Carlow Kilkenny edge three TDs in the five-seater:
Things haven't gone quite to plan in Sligo-Leitrim, where someone lost the keys to a ballot box:
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Fine Gael TD Richard Bruton, speaking at the Dublin Bay North count centre, says all parties have a responsibility to form a government.
He says Fine Gael had a "very difficult task" to convince the electorate that their approach was best, and believes Enda Kenny's record as Taoiseach during the last Government will be remembered well:
The Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit group is hopeful of hitting its target of seven seats in the 32nd Dáil.
That's according to AAA Deputy Paul Murphy, who was elected from Dublin South West.
And he says if they can clinch their target in the final results, it would be a major breakthrough on the political landscape:
Sinn Féin's Finance spokesman is hopeful that if final results match up to the exit polls, his party could see a 50% jump in their vote. Pearse Doherty's watching results come in from Donegal voters, and he says they've clearly got their message across:
In Dublin Mid-West, Sinn Féin's Eoin O'Bróin emerged victorious, followed by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald:
Here's how Meath East looked:
All boxes now open in Meath West. Cassells 27, Toibin 25, English 21, Butler 12 #mhw— Sean Defoe (@SeanDefoe) February 27, 2016
With exit polls looking bleak for Labour yesterday morning, party strategist Derek McDowell says they are being punished by the electorate for Fianna Fáil's failings:
Fine Gael's General Secretary believed the party could get between 44 and 47 seats, once the counts were completed.
That's down from 67 seats in the last Dail, and Tom Curran this morning admitted the picture which emerged was far worse than any scenario his team had prepared for.
But he refused to be drawn on the issue of Enda Kenny's leadership:
Things are happier in the Fianna Fáil camp, with Director of Elections Billy Kelleher praising party leader Micheal Martin's performance in the campaign. He believes traditional Fianna Fáil supporters who voted for Fine Gael last time out were given a 'pathway' to return their support to his party, but urged people to wait for results before making coalition predictions:
And early tallies indicate Kelleher is right to be satisfied with the party's bounce-back:
Stephen Donnelly of the Social Democrats says the picture emerging shows voters want change:
Meanwhile, things were predictably tight in Dublin Bay South, one of the 'constituencies of death':
In Cork, about 100 pro-choice protesters gathered outside Cork City Hall count centre.
They called on politicians to repeal the 8th amendment immediately so Irish women can end unwanted pregnancies: