GE16 Count Day 5: Two seats yet to be filled

The Longford Westmeath Constituency is the only region where counts have yet to be completed

GE16 Count Day 5: Two seats yet to be filled

Votes pile up at the count centre in the RDS in Dublin, Ireland. Picture by: Brian Lawless / PA Wire/Press Association Images

We are into the fifth day of counting votes in the General Election.

Just two seats remain to be filled in the 32nd Dáil in the Longford Westmeath Constituency.

Legal Advisors to both Fine Gael and Labour have been called into the count centre in Kenagh where it is understood just a handful of votes separate outgoing TDs James Bannon and Willie Penrose.

Fine Gael's solicitor Kevin O'Higgins said last night that the party would take legal action if they felt their candidate had been wronged.

The recount finished in the early hours of this morning, and will resume at 2.30 this afternoon.

Forming a government

Behind-the-scenes efforts to form a new government appear to be underway following the Taoiseach's declaration that he wants Fine Gael to lead a new coalition.

Enda Kenny says his party wants to engage "fully and inclusively" with all parties and with independents.

The statement's being seen as a signal that Fine Gael is prepared to talk to parties including Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein.

John Halligan of the Independent Alliance says his grouping will talk to both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and will be open to hearing what the leaders of those parties propose.

Fine Gael parliamentary party

Meanwhile, the fine Gael parliamentary party is set to meet tomorrow to formulate ‘a set of principles’ for a potential government.

Incoming Fine Gael TD for Carlow Kilkenny Pat Deering has admitted that his party got its message ' badly wrong' and a 'period of reflection' is required.

When asked if he felt Enda Kenny should lead Fine Gael into the next election - Deputy Deering had this response: