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Tuesday 17 October 2017

First TDs elected as counting continues across the country

Roisin Shorthall of the Social Democrats with her daughter Joanna O'Byrene at the count in the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016
Roisin Shorthall of the Social Democrats with her daughter Joanna O'Byrene at the count in the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016
Barry Cowen celebrates at the Offaly count, held in Banagher. Photograph: James Flynn/APX
Barry Cowen celebrates at the Offaly count, held in Banagher Credit: James Flynn/APX
27/02/2016. Waterford Election Count. Pictured is Mary Butler, Fianna Fáil who topped the poll and Elected a TD the first from Waterford. Picture: Patrick Browne
Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin and Michael McGrath get elected on the first count at the count centre at City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/2/2016
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The votes are in and the count is on to find out who will be taking a seat in the 32rd Dáil. Already there have been big winners and losers, with the first handful of Government causalities announced.

Household names losing out include former Justice Minister Alan Shatter for Fine Gael and Labour's Alex White, who lost his seat after the fourth count in Dublin Rathdown.

Gone too is Labour's Joanna Tuffy in Dublin Mid West and Eric Byrne, who conceded he had lost his Dublin South-Central seat around midday.

Fine Gael suffered another loss  in Sligo-Leitrim with outgoing TD John Perry, while the party's deputy leader James Reilly is in a battle to keep his seat in Dublin Fingal.

Katherine Zappone celebrates at City West Election Count Centre, but a recount was called for today.
Katherine Zappone celebrates at City West Election Count Centre, but a recount was called for today.
Sinn Féin's Sean Crowe is elected at The City West Count Centre last night.
Fine Gael candidate, Pascal Donohoe, celebrates after winning a seat in the Dublin central constituency at the RDS count centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Mattie Mc Grath celebrates with his supporters at the Count center in Thurles, after he won the second seat in the Tipperary Constituency. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Green party leader Eamon Ryan celebrates with deputy leader Catherine Martin after being elected in the Dublin Bay South constituency at the RDS count centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Green party leader Eamon Ryan shakes hands with Fine Gael's Eoghan Murphy after they were both elected in the Dublin Bay South constituency at the RDS count centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Fine Gael's Jerry Buttimer. Photo: Tony Gavin
Green party leader Eamon Ryan with his son Tom, 14, after being elected in the Dublin Bay South constituency at the RDS count centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Katherine Zappone pictured with supporters during the recount at The City West Election Count Centre today.
Fine Gael's Michael Ring celebrates with supporters after he was elected for Mayo. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Fine Gael's Noel Rock celebrates with supporters after winning a seat in the Dublin North west constituency at the RDS count centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Fine Gael's Noel Rock celebrates with supporters after winning a seat in the Dublin North west constituency at the RDS count centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Fine Gael's Simon Coveney who was elected to Cork South Central with his daughter Annalise at the count centre, City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin
AAA Independent candidate Michael Barry who was elected to Cork South Central with his wife Patricia at the count centre, City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin
Independent candidate Averil Power watches as votes are counted in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald following her election in Dublin Central Credit: Tom Burke
Stephen Donnelly T.D is congratulated by supporters at the Shoreline Centre, Greystones, Wicklow
Mattie McGrath gets a kiss from his daughters Triona and Maureen after he arrived at the counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, in the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles. Picture: Frank McGrath
Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin with his wife Mary at the count centre at City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin
Shane Ross celebrating his re-election
27/02/2016. Waterford Election Count. Pictured is Mary Butler, Fianna Fáil who topped the poll and Elected a TD the first from Waterford. Picture: Patrick Browne
CELEBRATIONS....Eoin O'Broin SF pictured with a box of Celebrations sweets.
Roisin Shorthall of the Social Democrats with her daughter Joanna O'Byrne at the count in the RDS yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Barry Cowen celebrates at the Offaly count, held in Banagher Credit: James Flynn/APX
Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin and Michael McGrath get elected on the first count at the count centre at City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/2/2016
Fianna Fail's Michael McGrath. Photo: Tony Gavin
Fine Gael's Kate O'Connell celebrates with her sister Theresa Newman, outside the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers
Renua Ireland leader, Lucinda Creighton arrives at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers
Fine Gael's Kate O'Connell celebrates with her sister Theresa Newman, outside the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers
Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin with his wife Mary at the count centre at City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin
City West...Senator Katherine Zappone.
Frances Fitzgerald at City West.
Fine Gael's Richard Bruton speaks to journalists at the RDS count centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Fianna Fail's Michael McGrath who is expected to top the polls in Cork South Central at the count centre at City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin
Aengus Ó Snodaigh and constituency colleague Máire Devine celebrate at the count in the RDS. Photo: Tom Burke
Counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Brian Byrne and Catheraine Byrne help empty the Ballot Boxes to begin the count in the voting centre in the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers
Tally men pictured at the counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Tally men pictured at the counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Ballot boxes are opened in the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Bri Smith, People before Profit, AAA candidate in Dublin South Central has a cup of tea in the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers
Conor Haughey and his son Joseph at the count in the RDS yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke
The French ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault at the count in the RDS yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis and Cathleen Carney-Boud from Dublin North-West celebrate with supporters at the count in the RDS yesterday. Picture:Tom Burke
Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis celebrates with supporters at the count in the RDS yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke
Roisin Shorthall of the Social Democrats with her daughetr Joanna O'Byrne ( in white coat) at the count in the RDS yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke
Votes are counted in the Dublin Bay North constituency in the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers
Hannah Snell from Swords at the Count at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Fine Gael's Richard Bruton speaks to journalists at the RDS count centre. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Votes are counted in the Dublin Central constituency in the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers
Candidate Roderick O'Gorman from the Green Party at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Picture: Steve Humphreys 27th February 20
Taking a break from the count at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Kim Duffy and Jonathan Costello open up ballot boxes at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Photo: Steve Humphreys
84-yearold Tom Malony and Kelly Mc Grath, Clonmel pictured during the counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary , at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Picture: Frank McGrath
Votes are counted in the Dublin Central constituency in the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers
Counting of General Election votes underway in Castlebar Co. Mayo. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Count Staff pictured during the counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Ann Marie Courell takes a tally as the counting of General Election votes gets underway in Castlebar Co. Mayo. Picture: Gerry Mooney.
Teller Claire O'Donnell from Blackrock sorts the ballot papers as counting gets under way at City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin
Ballot boxes are opened at City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin
Tellers sort the ballot papers as counting gets under way at City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin
City West...Election count, Eoin O'Broin and his partner Lynn Boylan.
Frances Fitzgerald with her supporters at City West.
City West...Election count
Counting of General Election votes underway in Castlebar Co. Mayo. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Counting of General Election votes underway in Castlebar Co. Mayo.Photo: Gerry Mooney
Independent candidate for Dublin South-Central, Richard Murray with his children, Adriana, Risteard, Lorcan and Carmella in the RDS count centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
The French ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault at the count in the RDS yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Conor Haughey, the eldest son of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey, and his son Joseph at the count in the RDS. Photo: Tom Burke
Bríd Smith, People before Profit candidate in Dublin South Central has a cup of tea in the RDS count centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Counting of General Election votes underway in Castlebar Co. Mayo. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Regina Coady takes a tally as the counting of General Election votes gets underway in Castlebar Co. Mayo. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Count Staff pictured during the counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Tally men pictured at the counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Tally men pictured at the counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Counting of the General election ballot papers for Tipperary, at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Kim Duffy and Jonathan Costello open up ballot boxes at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Kim Duffy and Jonathan Costello open up ballot boxes at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Opening up ballot boxes at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Opening up ballot boxes at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Opening up ballot boxes at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Early indications seem to be coming true as Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Independents and smaller parties look to make major gains at the expense of the Government.

So far, 27 seats have been filled, with Fianna Fáil on 12 , Fine Gael at 4, Sinn Féin also on 4, and Independents and Social Democrats both on 3.

Labour is still without a seat.

The new TDs who will be taking their seats in the 32rd Dáil come March, include Independent Alliance leader Shane Ross, who became the first TD elected this afternoon.

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was the first party leader to be elected.

Labour's Joe Costello, with his wife Emer, shaking hands with Independent candidate Christy Burke at the RDS count centre. Credit: Damien Eagers
Labour's Joe Costello, with his wife Emer, shaking hands with Independent candidate Christy Burke at the RDS count centre. Credit: Damien Eagers
Former Communication Minister and Labour TD Alex White
Joanna Tuffy thanked her supporters as she bowed out of the election race
Eric Byrne conceded he had lost his seat earlier today
Fine Gael's John Perry Credit: Tom Burke

His party's Finance spokesman Michael McGrath was also returned in Cork South Central.

The first Fianna Fáil TD to win a seat was Seán Fleming with 13,626 votes in Laois.

Former party TDs Darragh O'Brien and Thomas Byrne, who have been bidding their time in the Senead, will return to the Dáil in March.

In Dublin Mid-West, Frances Fitzgerald for Fine Gael and Sinn Féin's Eoin Ó Broin took the first two seats for either party.

Outgoing Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett was also automatically returned.

All three leaders of the Social Democrats - Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shortall have been elected.

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