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Tuesday 01 March 2011 18.17
Election 2011 - The counting of votes continues
Election 2011 - The counting of votes continues

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0906: Galway East: Counting has resumed

0844 The Carlow Kilkenny count is due to resume at 9am and the Wicklow count at 10am.

0841 There are 35 seats left to fill: All 5 in Carlow Kilkenny, 4 in Cork South Central, 2 in Dún Laoghaire, 4 in Galway East, all 5 in Galway West, 3 in Kerry South, 5 in Laois Offaly, 2 in Louth and all 5 in Wicklow.

0827 Joan Burton (Lab) says the new Government will have to move very rapidly in the country's interests.

0825 Fine Gael's Alan Shatter tells Morning Ireland there is now a 'huge burden' on the party's shoulders.

0807 Morning Ireland is checking in with a number of counts around the country

0740 Morning Ireland starts at 8am

0655 Nine counts are due to resume later this morning, with 38 seats left to fill.

06:30 Dublin South Central: Joan Collins of People Before Profit, Labour's Michael Conaghan and Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh have all been elected on the 13th and final count.

Michael Mulcahy of Fianna Fáil was excluded.

0547 Dublin South Central: Fine Gael's Catherine Byrne has been elected on the 12th count.

0501 We led you astray earlier. There are actually six constituencies that have yet to elect a candidate. Kerry South and Laois-Offaly have yet to decide even one representative.

0449 Dublin South Central: Fine Gael's Colm Brophy has been excluded after count 11.

0448 All eyes now turn towards Dublin South Central where the 11th count is taking place.

Labour's Eric Byrne claimed the first seat earlier, but there are still four more up for grabs.

0443 Longford-Westmeath: Fine Gael’s Nicky McFadden and Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy have been elected after the eighth and final count.

Fine Gael’s Peter Burke was excluded.

0436 And then there were two. The only counts still rumbling on are taking place in Dublin South Central and Longford-Westmeath.

0433 Waterford: Independent John Halligan has taken the fourth and final seat following count 11.

He defeated Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Kenneally.

0425 Cavan-Monaghan: Fine Gael has taken three seats after Seán Conlan, Heather Humphreys and Joe O’Reilly were elected on the ninth and final count.

Sinn Fein’s Kathryn Reilly was excluded.

Seán Conlan

0418 They are still crunching the numbers in Cavan-Monaghan.

0406 There are four constituencies that have yet to return a TD. They are Carlow-Kilkenny, Galway East, Galway West and Wicklow.

Counts in those constituencies were adjourned before midnight and will begin again later this morning.

0402 In case anyone is wondering, there have been 120 TDs elected to the Dáil, but 121 seats have been filled.

That is because outgoing Ceann Comhairle Séamus Kirk (Fianna Fáil) was automatically returned in Louth.

0357 Waterford: Labour's Ciara Conway has been elected in the past hour.

It is the first time in over 50 years that a female TD has been returned from the county.

She said she hopes she can encourage more women to get involved in politics.

0355 Mayo: The count lasted for eighteen-and-a-half hours and concluded at 3.30am.

0345 Dublin South Central: Labour’s Henry Upton has been excluded after the tenth count.

0342 Waterford: Labour’s Ciara Conway has been elected after the tenth count with 11,182 votes.

0339 Dublin South Central: Labour’s Henry Upton has requested rechecks.

0334 Cork North Central: Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher (9,595) and Fine Gael’s Dara Murphy (9,515) have been elected follwing the 11th and final count. Neither of them reached the quota of 10,428.

Fine Gael’s Pat Burton was excluded.

0331 Mayo: Fine Gael colleagues Michelle Mullherin and John O’Mahony have also been elected with the latter failing to reach the quota in the eighth and final count.

Independent Michael Kilcoyne was excluded.

0330 Mayo: Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary elected with 12,997 votes.

0328 Radio and Television have called it a night, but we'll be here as long as there's ballots being counted.

0323 Cavan-Monaghan: Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith has been elected after the eighth count.

0322 Longford-Westmeath: Sinn Fein’s Paul Hogan has been excluded after the seventh count.

0320 Labour Party TD Kathleen Lynch, who was re-elected to Cork North Central, has said she has not made up her mind on the question of her party taking part in a coalition government.

However, speaking to RTÉ News, Deputy Lynch said she believed Labour should take the opportunity of entering government if there is a possibility of the party having an input into the next government's policies and to help the country move forward.

She said the people had spoken and they wanted politicians to get on with the job.

0317 RTÉ Radio 1 is reporting it looks like next Dáil will have 26 women.

0312 The newly-elected Sinn Fein TD for Cork North Central, Jonathan O'Brien, has said his constituency has been ignored over the past 14 years of Fianna Fáil-led government.

He said he would be putting the new Taoiseach on notice that this situation would not continue under a Sinn Féin TD's watch, and his aim was to put his constituency back on the map.

Mr O'Brien becomes the first SF TD to be elected in Cork city since the 1920s.

0312 The RTÉ Radio webcam is still going! Watch live here

0258 Sligo-North Leitrim: Sinn Fein’s Michael Colreavy and Fine Gael's Tony McLoughlin have been elected after the ninth and final count.

Fianna Fáil’s Eamon Scanlon has been excluded.

0255 Longford-Westmeath: James Bannon will be trying to promote jobs as around 16,000 people are unemployed in the constituency - the highest per head of the population in the country.

His priorities include the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar and St Joseph's Care Centre in Longford which have both been threatened with downgrading.

Nicky McFadden of Fine Gael will take the third seat, with a straight shoot-out between Robert Troy of Fianna Fáil and Peter Burke of Fine Gael for the final seat.

At the moment Troy is favourite, as he enjoys a substantial lead of more than 1,200 votes.

0253 Dublin North-East: Seán Kenny has taken a second seat for Labour on the ninth count. Sinn Féin’s Larry O’Toole loses out. The count is now complete. Labour took two seats, Fine Gael one.

0250 Cavan-Monaghan: Eighth count should see Fianna Fáil's Brendan Smith elected with Fine Gael odds on to take three seats.

0245 Labour’s Michael McCarthy says it looks like a Fine Gael/Labour coalition because Ireland needs a stabilised government.

Fine Gael’s Noel Harrington said they need to wait until the final count when dealing with a coalition.

0237 New Waterford Fine Gael TD Paudie Coffey says he does not have any problem with the possibility of a coalition with Labour, as it will make for a stabilised government and a strong mandate for a government.

He believes it is what the country needs to recover the economy.

0236 Louth: Counting adjourned for the night.

0235 Outgoing Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Scanlon has conceded defeat in the battle to be re-elected.

He said he's disappointed, but the national tide went out for FF.

There will be no FF TD returned in the constituency, which means a loss of two seats.

Fine Gael’s Tony McLoughlin is on course to join John Perry in the Dáil.

Sinn Féin’s Michael Colreavy is set to take the last seat in an historic breakthrough.

If elected, he will be the first Manorhamilton TD since 1932.

0233 Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley said Friday's vote was a clear and direct message from the electorate that they wanted change.

He said Fianna Fáil would have to rebuild for the next local elections and that the party would have to decide what sort of opposition they would provide in the Dáil.

He said the Fianna Fáil opposition can be constructive and not simply opposing the government on all issues for the sake of it.

0232 David McCullagh: As counting continues tonight, Fine Gael looks set to end up with between 72 and 81 seats, Labour looks like having a minimum of 34 and a maximum of 40, Fianna Fáil will range somewhere between 14 and 28, and Sinn Féin between 12 and 17.

There are no Green TDs, and a minimum of 11 Independents and small party TDs.

There may be just one Fianna Fáil TD left in the capital - Brian Lenihan in Dublin West - while both Tipperary and both Meath constituencies have no Fianna Fáil representation.

0231 Longford-Westmeath: Fine Gael’s James Bannon has been elected after the sixth count.

0230 Cork North Central: Labour’s Kathleen Lynch has been elected after the tenth count.

0230 Louth: Fianna Fáil’s Declan Breathnach has been excluded after the tenth count.

0224 Dublin North East: Sinn Féin's Larry O'Toole has conceded that Labour's Sean Kenny will take the third and final seat.

He said he was disappointed, but added he was cheered by the fact that it was a good day for Sinn Féin who would be the real opposition in the next Dail.

The distribution of the votes of Fianna Fáil's Averil Power is continuing.

0221 Cavan-Monaghan: Fianna Fáil’s Margaret Conlon has been eliminated on count seven. Fine Gael is set to take three seats here.

0218 New Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald says the big issues are families and workers. 'The people have expectations and the tolerance for political play acting or posturing is over,' she told RTÉ Television.

0214 Sligo-North Leitrim: Fine Gael’s John Perry is the first to be elected on count eight. Fine Gael, Sinn Fein and Fianna Fáil are battling for the two remaining seats.

0212 Cork South Central: Counting has now been adjourned after the eighth count, which saw the elimination of Labour’s Paula Desmond. Micheál Martin is the only candidate elected so far.

0211 Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald says Fianna Fáil had failed the State and the constituency of Dublin Central and people turned out in numbers seeking change.

She said you will see a very vigorous opposition party in Sinn Féin in the Dáil that is serious about progress.

0210 Waterford: Fine Gael’s Paudie Coffey has been elected on the ninth count after reaching the quota of 10,745. Labour’s Ciara Conway is now closest to the quota on 9,216.

0209 David McCullagh: There's a lot more counting to be done tonight, and there's more to be done tomorrow, and we won't know the final shape of the 31st Dáil, or its Government, until the last count is completed.

Fine Gael look certain to win 72 seats, and are in contention for another 9 - if FG won all of them, they'd be close enough to an overall majority to be tempted to give it a go, and tonight some of the party's senior figures are still not rulling that option out.

0208 Pat Rabbitte goes on to say that the new government would need a ‘comfortable’ majority to help it deal with the challenges that it will face.

He said issues like bringing in a new budget and renegotiating some of the terms of the IMF/EU deal may cause problems for some TDs.

Mr Rabbitte said a stable government was vital in terms of the message it would send out to our European partners.

He said a Fine Gael deal with a group of Independents wouldn't send out a message of stability.

He added that unless we can get credit flowing, we are not going to make progress.

Commenting on the new Independents, Mr Rabbitte said: ‘Some of them are quite colourful, and that's a euphamism.’

0204 Labour’s Justice Spokesman Pat Rabbitte has said that he would be honoured to be next Ceann Comhairle.

0203 Clare: Fine Gael’s Joe Carey has been elected on the 12th count. Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley was also elected without having reached the quota, eliminating independent James Breen. The count is now complete, with two Fine Gael seats, one Labour and one Fianna Fáil.

0158 Fine Gael's Denis Naughten said that it would be a ‘very difficult time ahead to sort out the mess the country is in.’

He said if his constituency colleague Luke 'Ming' Flanagan was needed to support a Fine Gael government, then a deal could be done with him.

0156 Dublin North East: FF's Averil Power was eliminated in the eighth count.

Her 6,041 votes are now being distributed and will decide whether Labour's Sean Kenny or Sinn Féin's Larry O'Toole will take the seat.

0153 Cavan-Monaghan: The race for the last seat tightens slightly, but Fine Gael expect Fianna Fáil's Margaret Conlon to transfer largely to them, giving FG three seats here.

0149 Longford-Westmeath: The sixth count under way.

With James Bannon (FG) and Nicky McFadden (FG) going to take the second and third seats, the final seat is a three-way battle between Peter Burke of Fine Gael, Paul Hogan of Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil's Robert Troy.

First time candidate Troy is favourite to edge out the other two, as this count is the distribution of the 5,161 votes of his running mate, outgoing TD Peter Kelly.

0151 Dublin Central: Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin has been elected on the eighth count. Fianna Fáil's Mary Fitzpatrick was eliminated, leaving the constituency of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern without a Fianna Fáil seat. The count is complete, with Labour, Fine Gael and independent Maureen O'Sullivan filling the other seats.

0151 Dublin North-East: Fianna Fáil’s Averil Power has been eliminated on the eighth count.

0147 Labour’s Kevin Humphreys believes coalition negotiations will start next week.

But he believes it will go beyond parties to get this country back on its feet.

He believes that job creation is the main policy going forward.

0146 Louth: The Green Party’s Mark Dearey was eliminated after the ninth count.

Labour's Ged Nash is still on course to take the third seat, followed by Fine Gael's Peter Fitzpatrick, according to local analysts.

0145 Dublin North East: Fianna Fáil’s Averil Power has been excluded after the eighth count.

0137 Labour’s Michael McNamara says a coalition will come down to figures.

Fine Gael’s Pat Breen said: ‘We will deliver change when we get into government with Labour.’

0137 Roscommon-South Leitrim: Two sitting Fine Gael TDs - Frank Feighan and Denis Naughten – have been elected on the sixth count. Fianna Fáil’s Ivan Connaughton was eliminated.

The count is now complete. Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan took the first seat earlier.

0137 Donegal North East: Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue has been elected after the ninth and final count.

He defeated Labour’s Jimmy Harte.

0136 Dublin North East: The returning officer has said he will make a decision at 2am as to whether the count will continue or will be adjourned overnight.

0135 Mayo: Sinn Fein’s Rose Conway-Walsh has been excluded after the sixth count.

0133 Louth: The Green Party’s Mark Dearey has been eliminated on count nine.

0131 Cork South West: Fine Gael’s Jim Daly was elected on the fifth count on 13242. The sixth count will distribute his surplus of 1,827.

0128 Dublin North East: The returning officer says he hopes to complete the count tonight.

The 2,955 votes of eliminated Independent Eamonn Blaney are currently being distributed.

The remaining three candidates chasing the final seat are Sean Kenny (Labour) on 6,000, Larry O'Toole (Sinn Féin) with 5,754 and Averil Power (Fianna Fáil) on 5,579 votes.

0125 Waterford: Nobody was elected on the eighth count.

Fine Gael’s Paudie Coffey is 42 votes short of the quota and he is expected to be elected on the next count.

Labour’s Seamus Ryan was eliminated on this count and his 5,113 votes are now being distributed.

Labour's other candidate - Ciara Conway - and the Independent John Halligan are both expected to do well from these transfers and Mr Halligan could close the gap between himself and Fianna Fáil's Brendan Kenneally, but perhaps not enough to win the seat.

Local pundits say Sinn Féin's David Cullinane will be eliminated on the next count.

0125 Dublin South-East: Labour’s Kevin Humphreys has been elected on the 10th count, joining running mate Ruairi Quinn. Fine Gael and Labour have shared the four seats and the count is complete.

0120 Cork East: Sinn Fein's Sandra McLellan, who has won the fourth and final seat, said it was an historic day for her party.

Upon her election, her supporters lifted her in the air held up the Tricolour to rapturous applause.

0120 Clare: Fine Gael’s Pat Breen and Labour’s Michael McNamara have been elected on the 11th count.

0118 Cork South West: Fine Gael’s Jim Daly has been elected with 13,240 votes. Quota is 11,415.

0118 Longford-Westmeath: Fianna Fáil’s Peter Kelly has lost his seat, after being eliminated on count five.

0116 Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy said he wanted to wait to see the numbers from around the country before deciding on a coalition.

0114 David McCullagh: The result in Dublin North West - with two Labour TDs and one Sinn Féin TD - appears to be a first occasion in modern times that a constituency has had neither a Fianna Fáil nor a Fine Gael TD.

The only other constituency in the same situation was another three-seater, Cork North in 1927, which had one Labour, one Farmer and one Independent.

0111 Clare: Although nothing official has been said by the returning officer, it seems as if there may be some problem with the final count.

It is understood the problem centres around a possible mix-up of ballot papers between Independent James Breen and Fine Gael's Pat Breen.

0109 David McCullagh: Pat Carey in Dublin North West, Sean Connick in Wexford, Tánaiste Mary Coughlan in Donegal South West, Mary O'Rourke in Longford-Westmeath, John O'Donoghue in Kerry South, Seán Haughey in Dublin North Central - just some of the 22 outgoing Fianna Fail TDs who have lost their seats.

Add to them the six outgoing Green TDs who have all lost out, and the public repudiation of the outgoing Government is pretty obvious.

0109 Cork South Central: Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney said it could be difficult for his running mate Deirdre Clune.

He is calling final seat for Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath.

0109 Mayo: Fianna Fáil’s Lise Chambers has been eliminated on count five.

0107 Ned O’Keeffe said: ‘In the last three years we (Fianna Fáil) lost the run of ourselves in the parliamentary party and we didn't address the issues that were there.’

He believes the IMF deal ‘really killed the party’. ‘We were doing the wrong things and we weren't identifying with the people.

He added: ‘We became a party of race horse owners, golfers, a week in Cheltenham, a week away in America for Christmas and Easter and that's the kind of stuff that people reacted to.’

0107 Dublin Central: Independent Maureen O’Sullivan has retained her seat on the seventh count.

0104 Donegal North East: Fine Gael's Joe McHugh was elected on eighth count.

His surplus of 2,569 votes will be distributed.

Indications from Fianna Fáil are that their man Charlie McConalogue will take third seat.

If this happens it will mean two out of three seats in Donegal North East are held in Inishowen electoral area.

Inishowen represents half of electorate.

0104 Waterford: Labour’s Seamus Ryan has been eliminated on count eight.

0100 Dublin South Central: Labour’s Eric Byrne has been elected after the eighth count.

Fine Gael’s Ruairi McGinley has been excluded.

0100 Dara Calleary of Fianna Fáil says he is confident that he will retain his seat in Mayo.

0059 Cork North-Central: Labour’s John Gilroy has been eliminated on the ninth count.

0057 Roscommon-South Leitrim: Surplus of 272 votes of Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan being disributed.

After his election, Mr Flanagan said he will be taking a 50% cut in his TD salary and is calling on other TDs to follow suit.

0053 Cork East: Fine Gael’s Tom Barry and Sinn Fein’s Sandra McLellan have been elected on the seventh count. Fianna Fáil’s Kevin O’Keeffe has been eliminated. The count is now complete.

0050 Dublin South East: Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy has been elected after the ninth count.

0050 Meath West: Fine Gael’s Ray Butler and Sinn Fein’s Peadar Tóibín have been elected on the fifth count. Labour’s Jenny McHugh was eliminated. The count is now complete. FG’s Damien English was elected earlier.

0048 Dublin North East: Independent Eamonn Blaney has been excluded on the seventh count.

0047 Luke 'Ming' Flanagan celebrating his win earlier this evening..


0047 Kerry North-West Limerick: Sinn Fein’s Martin Ferris and Labour’s Arthur Spring have been elected on the seventh count. The count is now complete. FG’s Jimmy Deenihan was elected earlier.

0044 Louth: Independent Thomas Clare has been eliminated on the eighth count.

0044 Sligo-North Leitrim: Labour’s Susan O’Keeffe has gone out on the seventh count.

0041 Roscommon-South Leitrim: Sinn Féin's Martin Kenny has eliminated on the fifth count.

His 6,108 votes are now being distributed.

0040 Frances Fitzgerald of Fine Gael has been speaking about the options for government. "I wouldn’t like to see the Government at the whim of a few Independents. We have seen that recently and I don't think that it worked very well, but we have to wait and see what the final figures are."

Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney has also said the likelihood is a Fine Gael-Labour government.

0039 Louth: Independent candidates Frank Godfrey and Fred Matthews have been eliminated after the seventh count.

Seven candidates remain, with two seats to be filled.

0035 Donegal North-East: Fine Gael’s Joe McHugh has been elected on the eighth count.

0033 Cork South Central: Green Party Chairman Dan Boyle has been eliminated after count 6.

0033 Cavan-Monaghan: Fine Gael’s Peter McVitty has been excluded after the fifth count.


0034 Labour’s Ruairi Quinn says there is a need for a ‘broad government’ of Fine Gael and Labour. But he told RTÉ television there was not a lot of time. He said he believed it would be possible to construct a ‘stable programme of government’ between the parties.

0032 Clare Daly, the newly-elected Socialist Party TD, says she is not taken in by ‘coy posturing’.

'I think it's almost certain that Labour and Fine Gael will go in together. Any talk from the Labour Party is about positioning themselves to get enough of a cut of the key positions of influence.

'I don't think there is any question about it.'

0029 Donegal North East: The eighth count is due in next five minutes. It will take Fine Gael’s Joe McHugh into next Dáil.

There will be a ninth count. Two candidates are in contention for final seat - Fianna Fáil's Charlie McConalogue and Labour's Jimmy Harte.

0023 Former Fianna Fáil TD Ned O'Keeffe said the party found itself in a serious situation and it was at ‘more than a crossroads’.

He said there was no corrective action taken when the party was on the slide, and they were paying the price for that in this election.

Mr O'Keeffe said he knows of no other organisation where you have to keep your mouth shut, and he hit out at the fact there was no post mortem held after Fianna Fáil lost 150 seats in the last local elections.

He said it was time for the ‘blind loyalty’ to end in Fianna Fáil if the party is to survive into the future.


0018 Dublin North East: Labour candidate Seán Kenny seems to be moving ahead of his two main rivals for the final seat in the three-seater.

Kenny is on 5,580, Sinn Féin's Larry O'Toole is on 5,554 and Fianna Fáil's Averil Power is on 5,314.

This follows the distribution of Green Party candidate David Healy's votes after he was eliminated.

In the sixth count, Independent Jimmy Guerin was eliminated and his 1,799 votes are now being distributed.

0015 Galway West: Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív believes he will be getting one seat.

He said: ‘The public were very disappointed and angry with the downturn of the economy and we had to make very difficult decisions.

‘This had a huge impact on our vote which is down tremendously.

‘We will now have to go back on the ground and rebuild the party.’

0015 Newly-elected TD for Cork North Central, Jonathan O’Brien has said he will be knocking on Enda Kenny's door, if he becomes Taoiseach, and telling him that Cork North Central will no longer be ignored.

'For the past 14 years we have had two Fianna Fáil TDs representing this area and we have had no investment. This is no longer going to continue,' he told RTÉ Television.

0010 Limerick City: Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan said it was a campaign that was canvassed very thoroughly.

Mr Noonan and running mate Kieran O'Donnell campaigned strategically by dividing up the constituencies and only campaigning in their home areas.

Although Mr O’Donnell wanted a change of leadership last year, he said Enda Kenny will be a very capable Taoiseach and has brought the party from strength to strength.

He commiserated with Fianna Fáil’s Peter Power who lost out today.

Labour’s Jan O'Sullivan believes the country would prefer a Labour and Fine Gael government, rather than a Fine Gael government backed up by Independents.

0010 Dublin North-Central: Independent Finian McGrath has been elected on the seventh count, taking the last seat. Fine Gael and Labour took the other seats earlier.

0005 Wexford: Fianna Fáil’s John Browne, and Fine Gael colleagues Paul Kehoe and Liam Twomey have been elected after the seventh and final count.

Fine Gael’s Michael D’Arcy was excluded.

0005 Dublin North East: Independent Jimmy Guerin has now been excluded after the sixth count.

0006 Cork North-Central: Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien has been elected on the eighth count.

0006 Longford-Westmeath: Independent Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has been eliminated on count four.

0006 Louth: Independents Frank Godfrey and Fred Matthews eliminated on count seven

0003 Dublin South Central: Independents Neville Bradley and Peter O’Neill and the Green Party’s Oisín Ó hAlmhain have been excluded after count seven.

0002 Mayo: Sinn Féin’s Thérèse Ruane has been excluded after the fourth vote.

0001 Cork South West: The fifth count is under way, which is the distribution of Fine Gael's Kevin Murphy's 7,212 votes.

Labour are now confident that they will take a seat.

0000 Carlow-Kilkenny: Counting has been adjourned for the night.

No candidate has been elected after eight counts.

It will resume in Kilkenny city at 9am tomorrow.

2358 Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes has said that it is crucial that a programme for government can be agreed that the parties can sign up to for five years.

He said there are options for Fine Gael following the election, but it would be more difficult to provide stable government if they were to rely on the support of seven or eight Independents.


2357 Cork South-West: Fine Gael’s Kevin Murphy eliminated on the fourth count.

2357 Dublin Central: Áine Clancy of Labour eliminated on count six.

2354 Dublin North West: Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis and Labour’s John Lyons have been elected after the seventh and final count.

Fine Gael’s Gerry Breen was excluded.

2353 Roscommon-South Leitrim: Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny has been excluded after the fifth count.

2354 Galway West: Nobody has been elected following the fifth count. Independent candidate Thomas Welby has been eliminated and the count has been adjourned until 9.00 tomorrow morning.

Ten candidates remain in the race for the five seats here. Labour's Derek Nolan still has an edge over Fianna Fail's Eamon O Cuiv. At this stage he's ahead by 260 votes.

Independent candidate Noel Grealish is in third place following the fifth count, followed by Fine Gael's Brian Walsh. Another independent, Catherine Connolly, is next but may lose out to one of the three other Fine Gael candidates for the fifth seat.

2353 Galway East: The count in has been adjourned until 9am tomorrow morning for a recheck.