Results take longer to emerge from the new electronic counting system than has been originally anticipated. This adds to the tension in the constituencies of Meath and Dublin North.

In Meath, John Bruton retains his seat for Fine Gael and is joined by newcomer Damien English. For Fianna Fáil, Noel Dempsey, Mary Wallace and Johnny Brady are returned. Johnny Brady has to wait until last to hear he has been elected, much to the relief of his young son.

In Dublin North, Green Party leader Trevor Sargent is the first elected, but there is some confusion when the presiding officer is not heard reading out the winner of the fourth seat, which goes to G V Wright of Fianna Fáil. This means that Nora Owen, a former deputy leader of Fine Gael, has lost her seat.