A third of the seats for the new Seanad have now been filled as counting continued past midnight for the Labour and University panels. 

Sinn Féin took the first two seats on the Labour panel with Máire Devine and Paul Gavan elected on the second and third count respectively. 

Independent Gerard Craughwell was elected as was former TD Jerry Buttimer of Fine Gael. 

The 11 seats for the Agricultural panel were filled earlier, with the Green Party's Grace O'Sullivan taking the final seat.

Fianna Fáil's Denis O'Donovan, Brian Ó Domhnaill and Paul Daly were elected as were Sinn Féin candidates Rose Conway-Walsh and Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

Fine Gael's Paddy Burke, Tim Lombard and Maria Byrne were also elected as was Independent Victor Boyhan.

So too was Labour's Denis Landy.

20 of the Seanad's 60 seats have now been filled after five candidates in the Cultural and Educational panel were elected yesterday.

Fine Gael have six senators, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have won five seats each, two independents have been elected and one each for Labour and the Green Party.

Meanwhile, counting continued past midnight in Trinity College to fill three seats. 

On the Trinity College panel, outgoing senators David Norris and Ivana Bacik look set to be elected.

There is a close race for the third seat with Lynn Ruane, Averil Power and Sean Barrett all in contention. 

Independent candidate Ronan Mullen topped the poll for the three-seat NUI panel, followed by former minister Michael McDowell. However no one had reached the quota when counting was suspended before midnight. 

Yesterday, Sinn Féin also topped the poll when their candidate Fintan Warfield was elected on the first count on the Cultural and Educational panel.

In the same count, former Fine Gael TDs Gabrielle McFadden and Kieran O'Donnell were elected along with Fianna Fáil's Lorraine Clifford-Lee and Keith Swanick.

There are five vocational panels - Administrative, Agricultural, Cultural and Educational, Industrial and Commercial, and Labour.

There are 166 candidates vying for 49 seats and after that the Taoiseach will nominate 11 candidates.