All elections have surprises. And the four by-elections were no different. While Mark Ward was always in contention in Dublin Mid West the ease with which he took the seat took some by surprise.

With the latest analysis the Your Politics podcast by-election special is available for download here on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Soundcloud.

Presenter Aine Lawlor is joined by Aisling Kenny, Paul Cunningham and Mícheál Lehane of RTÉ's political staff, analyst Odran Flynn and former Fianna Fáil Government Advisor Gerard Howlin.

The by-elections also showed strong support for the Green Party which had its first by-election victory and Fianna Fáil which took seats. 

Paul Cunningham said Sinn Féin would be happy with its performance in Dublin Midwest and Cork North Central.

Mícheál Lehane discusses how the election will impact on the tight numbers in the Dáil as the Government heads towards a no confidence motion in Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

One party which had a difficult campaign was the Social Democrats. Political analyst Odran Flynn tells the podcast that he believes the party will disappear from the political landscape as the Progressive Democrats did in the past.

While Fine Gail will be disappointed it did not win a single seat in the by-elections the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the results showed the party would have a strong showing in the General Election.