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'The tide was out for Labour' - Tears as Aodhán Ó Ríordáin concedes in Dublin Bay North

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Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is embraced after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is embraced after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin at the count centre

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin at the count centre

Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin pictured after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin pictured after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Independent candidate, Finian McGrath, celebrates with his daughter, Caoimhe after he was elected in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Independent candidate, Finian McGrath, celebrates with his daughter, Caoimhe after he was elected in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin rests his head on his wife's Aine Kerr's shoulders as a recount continues in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin rests his head on his wife's Aine Kerr's shoulders as a recount continues in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Outgoing Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Outgoing Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Labour's Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with his team after conceding

Labour's Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with his team after conceding

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Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is embraced after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Outgoing Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin has lost his Dáil seat after being eliminated from the race for Dublin Bay North.

The latest high-profile casualty for the party follows what has been a disastrous result for Labour across the country.

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Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with supporters in the RDS

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with supporters in the RDS

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with supporters in the RDS

The loss of Mr Ó Riordáin’s seat now puts in serious doubt whether Labour will retain its speaking rights in the Dáil.

Previously having 33 seats when the Dáil dissolved, the party has only so far returned six TDs.

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Labour's Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with his team after conceding

Labour's Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with his team after conceding

Labour's Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with his team after conceding

Visibly emotional after his loss in Dublin Bay North, Mr Ó Riordáin said: “Today wasn’t with us."

"The tide was out. We expected that maybe the government would have more support, and that maybe we would be trying to prove to people that Fine Gael needed I suppose partners in government," he added.

"But people made a very clear decision that they didn’t want the government returned," he continued.

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Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin pictured after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin pictured after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin pictured after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Speaking later on RTÉ News at One, Mr Riordáin said he knew the writing was on the wall after he failed to garner the majority of Averil Power’s transfers following her elimination.

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Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is embraced after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is embraced after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

Labour candidate, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is embraced after he lost his seat in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture: Damien Eagers

"We’ve spent so much time thinking about the country the last five years, we’ve got to spend a little bit of time thinking about our own party.

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