The people decide

A number of big political names are under pressure to keep their seats as the 32nd Dáil begins to take shape.

The indications are that Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Independents and smaller parties will make major gains. Both Government parties are set to lose a significant number of seats.

A big weekend for smaller parties

Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance was the first TD elected nationally, winning his seat in Dublin Rathdown. And Sean Canney of the Independent Alliance topped the poll in Galway East. 

The big picture

From exit polls to final declarations and everything in between, our national tracker keeps you in the know.

All politics is local

The devil is in the detail - get the colour and casualties from your constituency.

Unprecedented level of fragmentation

The headline results from the RTÉ Exit Poll show that the "earthquake" we experienced in 2011 was a sign that the political geology of Ireland is far from settled.

The aftershocks are even more dramatic, writes Michael Marsh, Emeritus Professor, Trinity College, Dublin.

Exit Poll Insights

Insights on coalition preferences, personal finance perceptions and decision-making 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny reflects on the merciless nature of democracy as he concedes Fine Gael and Labour will not have the numbers to form the next government.

Meanwhile, Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton also ponders the party's future.

And the Kerry Healy-Rae brothers have something to say to Dublin "smart alecs":

A picture tells a thousand words

High fives, big smiles and riding shoulder-high - a selection of images from count centres around the country.

What now for Renua?

Shortly before midnight, news of another big name casualty emerged from the RDS. Lucinda Creighton, leader of the Renua Ireland party, lost her seat in Dublin Bay South.

The very future of a political party may have hung on that casualty, writes Conor McMorrow of our political staff. 

Hard Labour

Labour is facing the worst of times as support for the party plummets. 

Shortly after the boxes opened in count centres across the country, the stark reality of the party’s performance started to unfold.

But perhaps they can take solace from Fianna Fáil. That party appeared to be dead and buried in 2011. Now it has been resurrected.