Sinn Féin and the Green Party take additional seats in Dáil Éireann.

Sinn Féin and the Green Party will be entering the 29th Dáil having increased their number of seats substantially in the 2002 General Election.

In the previous Dáil, the Green Party had two TDs and Sinn Féin just one. When the new Dáil meets next month, there will be 11 deputies from the two parties competing with the Progressive Democrats (PDs) and the Labour Party to become the strongest voices in opposition.

When Sinn Féin launched their election manifesto, the party hoped to win three seats. Three weeks later they received six per cent of first preference votes and have won five seats. It is still unclear as to who will lead the Sinn Féin party in the Dáil. It is likely to be Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, the party's most experienced TD.

Gerry Adams has said that Sinn Féin is now a party to be reckoned with.

Sinn Féin and the Green Party benefited from each others transfers in the election despite both parties having quite different agendas. The Green Party received four per cent of all first preference votes and six seats in the Dáil and according to party leader Trevor Sargent, could well be potential partners in the next government.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 May 2002. The reporter is Eileen Whelan.