What they said: the weekend election counts in quotes
Published 26/05/2014 | 02:30
* I don't think if John the Baptist was leading the Labour Party into this election it would have made any difference." - Pat Rabbitte
* I think if the Lord God himself came down and led the Labour party we were in for a rough time."
Backbench TD Arthur Spring
* You don't look for credit in politics – and if you do, you're a fool."
Enda Kenny reacting to the results
* It will be a battle between Sinn Fein and Fine Gael to lead the next government."
* Irish people have taken out their frustration in the ballot box instead of through riots and protests, and I think that's very admirable."
* We have our own party, the Healy Rae party."
Danny Healy Rae, as he was elected as a councillor in Kerry
* It's like the fall of Saigon for the Labour Party."
Independent City councillor Mannix Flynn
* Sinn Fein needs to be prepared to be in government, but we won't go in at any price."
Mary Lou McDonald
* I always expected it was going to be an uphill battle".
Eamonn Coghlan, who lost in the Dublin West by-election
* I'll be keeping a million miles away from extreme right-wing Eurosceptics."
Luke Ming Flanagan with one eye on Europe
* Nationally it's a bad day. The pips are squeaking, there's no more left to give. You can't take blood out of a turnip."
Labour's Longford Westmeath TD, Willie Penrose
* Labour to renegotiate the PfG (Programme for Government). Now where did I hear that one before? Take it from me, guys, it won't work. It's just going to get worse."
Former Green Party leader John Gormley on Twitter
* You can argue with the decision but you cannot argue with the people."
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
* We've built the foundations, but we haven't built the house."
Labour Minister Jan O'Sullivan. Some might even suggest that the house is falling down
* Sinn Fein have in effect cannibalised the Labour Party"
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
* I'm obviously personally pleased and pleased for my family that we did stand our ground. It was more for my own credibility as a person, as a woman and as a candidate."
Former minister Mary Hanafin as she won a council seat
* People think education and health are taking too much of the strain. People didn't agree with the choices we made."
Irish Independent Supplement