1. If at first you don't succeed...

Up to now Fine Gael's Colm Burke has lost four Dáil elections - two by-elections and two general elections. The former Lord Mayor of Cork was co-opted into Simon Coveney's European Parliament seat in 2007, only to lose it two years later. An outgoing Senator, Mr Burke now looks like he will finally be elected a TD for Cork North-Central.

Other senators who lost out in 2016 that are set for a return to the Dáil chamber are Labour's Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Sinn Féin's Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is set for a return to the Dáil

Election 2020 has shown us that sometimes predictions and perceived wisdom matter little.

Fianna Fáil's Mary Fitzpatrick was hotly tipped to win a seat in Dublin Central. She has lost three general elections, a Seanad election and a European election.

It looked like her luck was about to change but she was pipped again, finishing fifth in a four-seat constituency.
 


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2. Newbies

After the political earthquake at the weekend, we know that the 33rd Dáil will have a lot of new faces.

More than 20 first-time TDs have been elected to the 33rd Dáil.

In a day of mixed fortune for the party Fine Gael's Neale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown), Jennifer Carroll MacNeill (Dún Laoghaire) and Alan Dillon (Mayo) are the newcomers.

Three new Fianna Fáil TDs were elected - 22-year-old James O'Connor (Cork East), Christopher O'Sullivan (Cork South-West) and Cormac Devlin (Dún Laoghaire).

(Below: James O'Connor reacts after his win in Cork East)

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The Sinn Féin benches will certainly have a new look with ten first-time TDs elected so far. They are Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan), Thomas Gould (Cork North-Central), Paul Donnelly (Dublin West), Pa Daly (Kerry), Sorca Clarke (Longford-Westmeath), Mairead Farrell (Galway West), Ruairí Ó Murchú (Louth), Rose Conway-Walsh (Mayo), Darren O'Rourke (Meath East), Johnny Guirke (Meath West) and Johnny Mythen (Wexford).

The Green Party has added seven newcomers to its party ranks - Roderic O'Gorman (Dublin West), Ossian Smyth (Dún Laoghaire), Marc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford), Malcolm Noonan (Carlow-Kilkenny), Neasa Hourigan (Dublin Central), Patrick Costello (Dublin South-Central), Brian Leddin (Limerick City).

The Social Democrats candidate in Cork South-West Holly Cairns was elected shortly before 4am this morning.

(Below: Holly Cairns in Cork South-West)

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Among the new independent TDs elected are two newcomers - Richard O'Donoghue in Limerick County and Matt Shanahan in Waterford. Both were elected in the early hours of this morning.

3. TDs who have lost their seats

Politics is a cruel business and a number of the outgoing TDs are facing up to the disappointment of losing their seats today.

Fine Gael TDs to lose their seats are Pat Deering (Carlow-Kilkenny), Regina Doherty (Meath East), Mary Mitchell O'Connor (Dún Laoghaire), Tom Neville (Limerick County).

Four Fianna Fáil TDs had lost their seats by 11.30am - Shane Cassells (Meath West), Lisa Chambers (Mayo), Margaret Murphy O'Mahony (Cork South-West) and Kevin O'Keeffe (Cork East).

Former tánaiste Joan Burton was the big Labour casualty of this election, along with her constituency colleague Ruth Coppinger (Solidarity-People Before Profit). Without doubt the best known Independent TD to lose his seat was outgoing Minister for Transport Shane Ross (Dublin Rathdown).

4. Top five vote-getters

Pearse Doherty was successful in Donegal for Sinn Féin

In a reflection of Sinn Féin's overall success in this election, all five of the top first preference vote winners were candidates from that party. Denise Mitchell in Dublin Bay North with 21,344 votes had the highest vote in the country.

She was followed by Donegal's Pearse Doherty (21,044 votes), Waterford's David Cullinane (20,569 votes), Seán Crowe (20,077 votes) in Dublin South-West and Johnny Mythen (18,717) in Wexford.

5. Switchers

Politicians switched political allegiance in the course of the career. Some of these "switchers" have been elected to the 33rd Dáil.

One of the most prominent and biggest electoral surprises was Sinn Féin's Chris Andrews. The former Fianna Fáil TD was elected in Dublin Bay South.

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall, a former Labour TD was elected today. Michael McNamara, another former Labour TD, put up one hell of a battle in Clare, but ultimately lost out on regaining the Dáil seat he lost in 2016.

Veteran Dublin councillor Christy Burke, who previously stood for Sinn Féin, narrowly lost out to the Social Democrats' Gary Gannon for the last seat in that four-seater in Dublin Central.

Outgoing Independent TD Peter Fitzpatrick, who was formally a Fine Gael TD, was re-elected in Louth.