The Labour party faces some high profile casualties
The General Secretary of the Labour Party has admitted “the party has had better days,” as results from around the country suggest the junior coalition partners are set to suffer a catastrophic defeat.
“I’ve had better days, the party has had better days,” said General Secretary Brian McDowell.
“A lot of colleagues and friends around the country who unfortunately are going to lose their seats today... it’s a very disappointing day.”
Before the voting began it looked uncertain whether party leader Joan Burton would maintain her seat in Dublin West, but tallies now suggest she will manage to hang on.
There are set to be other high profile casualties however, with deputy leader Alan Kelly looking like he is struggling in Tipperary.
On 7,475 after the final tally, Kelly trails Michael Lowry, Mattie McGrath and Seamus Healy. However with Fianna Fail’s Jackie Cahill and Michael Smith in contention transfers could work against Kelly.
The Environment Minister was almost invisible on a national scale in the final week of the campaign, following a number of high profile negative incidents and interviews. Newstalk's Colette Fitzpatrick asked Mr McDowell if he had been a liability to the party.
“Alan has been concentrating like most of our candidates on his constituency,” Mr McDowell said. “It’s an enormous constituency so to get around it all he has to spend most of his time knocking on doors.
“It was always going to be a dogfight.”