Fine Gael become the largest party in the Dáíl and go on to form a coalition with Labour. The election is a success for Sinn Féin and a wide range of Independent candidates.
In the run up to the election RTÉ looks back at the influence of television debates in previous elections and explains the proportional representation voting system with the help of national school pupils.
With counting almost complete Fine Gael has a record number of seats while the Fianna Fáil vote has collapsed following the 2011 general election.
Such is the scale of the collapse of the Fianna Fail vote in the 2011 general election that when the count is complete it's conceivable that the party will only have one TD in the Dublin area.
After the 2011 general election the Green Party had no seats in the Dáil. RTÉ News looks back at the rise and fall of the Greens.
A report for 'Campaign Daily' in the run up to the 2011 general election looking at the influence of television debates on previous elections.
Pupils from St. Mary's National School in Offaly help explain the proportional representation system of voting prior to the 2011 general election.