Top 10 things to know on day two of the elections
Published 25/05/2014 | 18:59
1. Gabrielle McFadden won the seat vacated by her deceased sister
The by-election was called after sitting TD Nicky McFadden passed away from Motor Neuron Disease at the age of 51. Understandably the victory was a bitter sweet moment for Ms McFadden as she remembered her beloved sister.
2. Olympic medalist crosses the line to secure a seat
Former Olympic boxing medalist Kenneth Egan secured a seat for FG in Clondalkin without meeting the quota.
3. Coppinger comes out on top of close race
Ruth Coppinger wins a Dail seat for the Socialist Party in the Dublin West by-election after a race that went six counts. The front runner was Sinn Fein's Paul Donnelly, but the final race was between Ruth Coppinger and Fianna Fail's David McGuinness.
4. Labour take a beating
At time of writing, Labour had only secured 36 seats, compared to Sinn Fein's 121, Fine Gael's 125 and Fianna Fail's 164.
5. Taoiseach comes out to support troubled Labour after poor performance
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has come out to support the work of both the Tanaiste and the Labour party, despite the poor performance of the junior coalition member.
6. Sinn Fein had a weekend to smile about
At the time of writing, Sinn Fein were only eight seats behind Fine Gael and eight seats away from being the second largest party in local government. The party are predicted to triple their seats by the time all counts are in.
7. Former Minister Mary Hanafin is forgiven by party leader
After Fianna Fail managed to secure two seats in the Blackrock area, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said he has forgiven Mary Hanafin over the party's botched handling of her nomination.
8. After 20 counts Ennis local authority was decided
With 27 candidates, the Ennis local election was the largest and most unwieldy. It's a tribute to the efficiency of the count centre staff that the area was finished well before some other smaller areas.
9. Taoiseach is open to suggestions...
"If anyone else has a better idea...." the Taoiseach said during an interview on RTE. The Taoiseach was again excusing the Coalition's poor performance at the polls as a direct consequence of being forced to sort out the country's finances.
10. Some count centres are slower than others
Despite #ThingsSlowerThanTheWexfordCount trending on Twitter, Donegal and Wicklow also deserve a mention for delivering counts at a pace all of their own.