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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.