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There have been several high-profile losses in constituencies across the country as counting continues in the General Election.

Well-known candidates have failed to be elected as TDs after more than three-quarters of seats have been filled.

Independent candidate and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone lost her seat in Dublin South-West this evening.

The spots in the five-seat constituency went to Seán Crowe (Sinn Féin), Colm Brophy (Fine Gael), Paul Murphy (Solidarity-PBP), John Lahart (Fianna Fáil) and Francis Noel Duffy (Green Party).

Ms Zappone said she was disappointed with the result and now plans to bow out of Irish politics.

Junior Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran also lost his seat after he was excluded in Longford-Westmeath.

Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy and Joe Flaherty have been deemed elected alongside Fine Gael’s Peter Burke.

Earlier, a big-name casualty in Clare was Fianna Fáil's Timmy Dooley who lost his seat.

Independent candidate Michael McNamara, Sinn Féin's Violet-Anne Wynne, Fianna Fáil's Cathal Crowe and Fine Gael's Joe Carey were all elected.

All four were elected together following the final vote.

It emerged last October that Mr Dooley took part in six votes in the Dáil, despite not being present in the chamber at the time.

His fellow party member Lisa Chambers, who was also embroiled in the 'votegate' controversy, also lost her seat in Mayo.

In Donegal, Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher, who was first elected as a TD in 1981, lost his seat.

Several Fine Gael TDs were also among the casualties today, including Junior Minister Michael D'Arcy who lost his seat in Wexford.

Sinn Féin's Johnny Mythen topped the poll there, with Labour leader Brendan Howlin, Fianna Fáil's James Browne, Fine Gael's Paul Kehoe and Independent candidate Verona Murphy all elected.

In Dublin Bay-South, Kate O'Connell was not re-elected while the outgoing Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy kept his seat.

Catherine Byrne, also a Fine Gael Junior Minister, lost out in Dublin South Central.

Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh topped the poll, with Joan Collins of Independents 4 Change, Patrick Costello of the Green Party and Bríd Smith from Solidarity-PBP successfully elected.

Noel Rock, Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West, lost his seat, as did Catherine Noone who was eliminated in Dublin Bay North.

She made headlines during the campaign for comments about Leo Varadkar she made while canvassing.

It follows yesterday's count which saw several prominent features of Irish political life in recent years lose their seats.

Outgoing Fine Gael Minister Regina Doherty lost her seat in Meath East, while former Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton lost out in Dublin West.

In the same constituency, Ruth Coppinger of Solidarity - People Before Profit was excluded after the sixth count, while the outgoing Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross lost his seat in Dublin Rathdown.

Main image: Katherine Zappone. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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