Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael started Sunday with an equal amount of elected TDs
As day two of the General Election count continues, 145 seats have now been filled in the 32nd Dáil and the counts have been completed in 33 out of 40 constituencies.
The TDs elected break down as 46 for Fine Gael, 42 for Fianna Fáil and 22 for Sinn Féin.
Labour has six seats, the Anti Austerity Alliance / People Before Profit has five, while the Independent Alliance has four seats.
15 Independent deputies have been elected. The Social Democrats have three seats with all three of the party's co-leaders elected, and the Green Party is returning to the Dáil with two TDs - their leader Eamon Ryan and deputy leader Catherine Martin.
There are no longer any Renua candidates in contention, and the party will have no seats in the new Dáil.
Renua deputy leader Billy Timmins remained in contention in Wicklow until Sunday evening. However, it was Fianna Fáil's Pat Casey and Fine Gael's Andrew Doyle who ultimately took the final seats there.
In today's other casualties, the Children's Minister and Fine Gael deputy leader James Reilly lost his seat in the Dublin-Fingal constituency, as did the former Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan. Former Labour Minister of State Ged Nash has lost his seat in Louth.
Mr Nash says he is disappointed by the result, saying "it didn't fall for us in the end" despite having retained optimism throughout the day.
He added it's been "a difficult weekend for the Labour party... we were swimming against the tide":
Labour's deputy leader, Alan Kelly, was elected in Tipperary this afternoon having failed to reach the quota, while Fine Gael's Richard Bruton became the first TD elected for Dublin Bay North.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture Minister says the electorate has made "a pretty strong statement".
Simon Coveney was beaten into fourth place in his constituency of Cork South Central, behind Sinn Fein candidate Donnacha O'Laoghaire.
But, speaking after his re-election, Deputy Coveney says Fine Gael now has an obligation to be part of the discussions for a new government:
Enda Kenny himself admitted it was a disappointing result for Fine Gael - particularly for those within the party who have lost their seats:
When Cork East concluded its final count at about 8am this morning - it had run through the night - Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil were level on 28 seats, Labour had taken just 4, Sinn Féin 13, AAA-PBP 4, Social Democrats 3, Greens 1, Independent Alliance 4 and independents and others 10.
Several familiar faces, including Renua leader Lucinda Creighton and former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, failed to retain their seats.
Fine Gael's Jerry Buttimer lost his seat in Cork South Central.
The dominant narratives were now apparent - Fianna Fáil is back; voters have rejected 'stability v chaos'; the civil war divide is over; can Kenny survive as leader?
There will be rechecks or recounts in several constituencies tomorrow - including in Wexford, which won’t begin until tomorrow morning after a recount was sought at 5:30am.
How Sunday is going
We had our first elimination of the day in Cork South Central, where Ciaran Keneally:
In Tipperary independent Mattie McGrath was hoisted in the air as he passes the quota:
and he's in Mattie McGrath (ind) 13064 #tipp#ge16 pic.twitter.com/7bjoNDSvFQ— Newstalk Elections (@ElectionNT) February 28, 2016
Gerry Adams, elected this afternoon in Louth, reiterated that he's not interested in going into government at any cost:
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan stormed to the top of the poll in Dublin Bay South on the back of over 2,000 transfers, cinching the party's second seat. He was elected on the seventh count along with Fine Geal's Eoghan Murphy in the four-seater.
Ahead of his election, Ryan said he feels we shouldn't jump to the conclusion that a coalition of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is the only option:
The Healy-Raes were celebrating with a song, after a brilliant performance in Kerry:
Wexford has a new Godfather of Soul:
Watch this folks...James Browne elected TD pic.twitter.com/E33chSbhJT— Damien Tiernan (@damienrte) February 28, 2016
Dublin Bay North is set for a very tight contest, with Labour's Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and independent Aevril Power in for a scrappy finish:
There's a full recount underway in Dublin South-Central, where People Before Profit's Brid Smith finished a mere 35 votes ahead of Fianna Fáil's Catherine Ardagh:
Newly-elected Meath East TD for Fianna Fáil Thomas Byrne has taken issue with the suggestion that the party is popular again because voters have forgotten their past:
Former Tánaiste, Minister for Finance and European Commissioner, Fianna Fáil's Ray MacSharry, says the new government must share the wealth outside Dublin: