Adams on course to secure Dail seat
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams looks on course to secure a seat in the Dail as he arrived in the Louth constituency count centre where unofficial tallies of votes showed he was set to comfortably win.
A win will endorse the decision of the former West Belfast MP to make the political move south to lead his party's General Election campaign as a candidate in the contest.
Mr Adams said he believed Sinn Fein was set to double its representation in the Dail where it won four seats in 2007, before it added a fifth in the Donegal South West by-election last November.
The Sinn Fein president said: "We set ourselves the target of, if possible, doubling our representation in the Dail and of setting down a very firm foundation in constituencies throughout the state.
"I think we are on course to do that.
"But we will have to see. All the votes haven't been counted yet."
He congratulated Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny on the prospect of becoming Taoiseach.
"If Enda becomes Taoiseach, I wish him well," said Mr Adams.
"We will support him when he is doing things that we think are good and progressive, and we will oppose him tooth and nail when he is doing things that are not in the common good."