All seats in the 30th Dáil have now been filled.

The final state of the parties is: Fianna Fáil 78, Fine Gael 51, Labour 20, Progressive Democrats 2, Green Party 6, Sinn Féin 4, Independents 5.

The last seat to be decided was in Laois-Offaly, where the outgoing Laois based Fianna Fáil Deputy, John Moloney, beat his Offaly running mate, John Foley, to become the final TD to be elected.

The result of the 11th count in Laois Offaly was announced shortly before 1am this morning, bringing to anend the longest count in the 2007 General Election.

Speculation is now shifting to the shape of the next Government.

The Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader, Bertie Ahern, said he will be talking to deputy leader Brian Cowen early next week to map out the party's strategy.

Early suggestions are that Mr Ahern may favour an approach to independent TDs and the remaining Progressive Democrats.

He has said that while there were a number of options open to him, stability would be the biggest consideration when it came to forming the next government.