Labour's Ivana Bacik has been elected as a TD in the Dublin Bay South by-election, after the ninth and final count.

Ms Bacik was elected without reaching the quota, after receiving a 30% share of first preference votes in the first count.

On the final count, she had 13,382 votes while Fine Gael's James Geoghegan finished in second place with 9,235.

Ms Bacik finished 60 votes shy of the quota.

From early on in the day, it appeared that Ms Bacik was uncatchable.

A total poll of 27,044 in the electorate of 77,924 in Dublin Bay South gives a turnout of just under 35%.

The total valid poll was 26,882, meaning the quota to be deemed elected was 13,442.

After the first count, Ms Bacik won 8,131 first preference votes while Fine Gael's James Geoghegan had 7,052, Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan was on 4,245, the Green Party's Claire Byrne has 2,157, and Deirdre Conroy is on 1,247.

It was Ms Bacik's third time running in a Dáil election.

She was previously unsuccessful in the 2009 Dublin Central by-election and in the 2011 general election in Dún Laoghaire, while she also ran in the 2004 European Parliament elections.

Ms Bacik said there had been a genuine groundswell of support across her constituency from voters who want to see a centre-left voice representing the constituency.

On RTÉ's Six One News she said it had been a positive and upbeat campaign and she had received votes from many who were not Labour party supporters but who shared the same values of equality, fairness, and solidarity.

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She said today was about people seeing those values as important in their lives.

Ms Bacik said that during the campaign there had been enormous engagement from across the constituency and she was conscious that they were building on the Labour tradition that Ruairi Quinn had exemplified during his 30 years as a TD .

She said believes this is the beginning of a rebuilding and people coming back to Labour who share the party's values and who want to see that progressive centre voice represented.


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The vote was held to fill the Dáil seat vacated by former Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, and 15 candidates put themselves forward for election.

Earlier, Labour's Director of Elections Duncan Smith said there had been momentum behind Ms Bacik all the way and this had increased in the past week since an Irish Times opinion poll.

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This was the result of her record in politics but also her work at a local level, he said.

Party leader Alan Kelly said he was "very proud" of Ms Bacik and the campaign.

Prior to the final announcement of results, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar congratulated Ms Bacik on her expected and now confirmed election.

The Fine Gael leader said his party's candidate, James Geoghegan, put in a solid performance in the constituency.

Mr Geoghegan has said "a very good candidate won".

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Councillor Geoghegan said: "I put my best foot forward and achieved the combined vote of Kate O'Connell and Eoghan Murphy from the last general election."

He said he was "proud" of his "positive campaign" but expressed regret that he was not made a TD on this occasion.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald conceded that her party would not win the Dublin Bay South by-election.

She said this is an "exceptionally affluent" constituency, and its voters decided that Ms Bacik was the best candidate.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime Ms Boylan said the outcome has seen a "collapse" of the government.

She congratulated her fellow candidates, Ivana Bacik from the Labour party.

"This is her day", she said.

She said the outcomes has shown that there is an "appetite for change" and that she would expect that her party would return more TDs in a general election.

She would not be drawn on whether she would run again in this constituency.

It has been a disappointing day for Fianna Fáil with Deirdre Conroy getting 4.6% of first preferences - the lowest ever showing for a party in a by-election

Arriving at the count centre, Fianna Fáil Director of Elections and sitting TD for the party, Jim O'Callaghan, said the vote is consistent with a national decline in popularity for the party.

Additional reporting Micheál Lehane, Paul Cunningham, John Kilraine