Here's what happened on the second day of the election count

With a vast majority of seats now filled, recounts mean the counting in a handful of constituencies will continue into Monday

Here's what happened on the second day of the election count


It was another long day in count centres around Ireland as the General Election ballots continued throughout Sunday.

A vast majority of seats have now been filled, with 148 of 158 TDs elected.

Fine Gael looks set to return as the largest party, although only a handful of seats separate them from Fianna Fáil.

There have been big gains for Sinn Féin, and major losses for Labour. The Green Party, meanwhile, will be returning to the Dáil after their leader Eamon Ryan and deputy leader Catherine Martin were elected.

A number of recounts mean counting will continue in a handful of constituencies on Monday.

You can see a full list of the new TDs here.


Fine Gael's secured 47 seats in the 32nd Dail, with 43 for Fianna Fáil and 22 for Sinn Féin.

Labour has six seats, the Anti Austerity Alliance / People Before Profit group has five, while the Independent Alliance has four seats.

16 Independent deputies have been elected, the Social Democrats have three seats, and the Green Party has two.

There were several high-profile casualties throughout the day. Fine Gael's Jimmy Deenihan has lost his seat in Kerry after 29 years in parliament.

Labour TD Ged Nash, the Junior Minister for Business and Employment, failed to be re-elected in the Louth constituency.

He denies that Labour wasn't "left" enough, and said he is confident the party still has a role in Irish society:

The Children's Minister and Fine Gael deputy leader, James Reilly, will also not be returning in the 32nd Dáil.

Renua Ireland have failed to take any seats in the election, with the elimination of Terence Flanagan in Dublin Bay North bringing their campaign to a close.

Renua deputy leader Billy Timmins remained in contention in Wicklow until early Sunday evening. However, it was Fianna Fáil's Pat Casey and Fine Gael's Andrew Doyle who ultimately took the final seats there.

In positive news for Fine Gael, the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton was re-elected in Dublin Bay North. Labour's Alan Kelly won a seat in Tipperary, although did not reach the quota.

Minister Kelly enthusiastically celebrated his re-election:

Meanwhile, there were musical scenes when Danny Healy-Rae gained a seat in Kerry:

The counts are continuing into the early hours in a handful of constituencies, but several seats will not be filled until Monday.

There are still TDs to be elected in Dublin South Central - while recounts will get underway in Dublin South West, Dublin Bay North and Wexford tomorrow morning.

Following the completion of the remaining counts, the difficult job of forming a government will get underway.

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