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Thursday 2 October 2014

What they said: the weekend election counts in quotes

Published 26/05/2014 | 02:30

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Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte at the City West count centre in Dublin.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte at the City West count centre in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

* I don't think if John the Baptist was leading the Labour Party into this election it would have made any difference." - Pat Rabbitte

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* 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."

Leo Varadkar

* Irish people have taken out their frustration in the ballot box instead of through riots and protests, and I think that's very admirable."

Simon Coveney

* 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."

Brendan Howlin     

Irish Independent Supplement

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