With the possible decommissioning of AK47 in the offing, the big gun himself had to arrive. Alan Kelly walked in the door of the Longford Westmeath count centre at 6.15pm, there to lend support to Willie Penrose - Labour's last man standing.
While FG councillor Peter Burke has avoided stormy waters and remains on course to take the third seat a ferocious struggle for votes has ignited between outgoing TDs James Bannon FG and Labour's Willie Penrose.
Fianna Fáil's Sean Haughey has won the second seat in Dublin Bay North. The son of the late Taoiseach Charlie Haughey got the family name back into the Dáil by securing his seat after the distribution of votes from eliminated Independent Senator Averil Power.
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