ELECTION 2020 has been branded as a "disappointing day for women" as the proportion of women TDs in the Dáil is set to stagnate and numbers may even drop.
High profile women politicians including Regina Doherty, Lisa Chambers, Joan Burton and Ruth Coppinger all their lost seats.
The latest woman to lose her seat is Kate O'Connell (FG) in Dublin Bay South.
And the number of women elected may well be less than the 35 returned to the 32nd Dáil.
The Women for Election organisation has said that with voting at the halfway point, hopes are fading for a more balanced Dail as the percentage of women elected to looks likely to remain at 22pc.
Women took just 19 of the first 80 seats allocated.
Maynooth University academic Adrian Kavanagh this morning said there's a lot of counting to be done but he's estimating that there will be 34 women TDs.
That's despite the total number of seats in the Dáil increasing from 158 to 160.
Women for Election chief executive Ciairín de Buis said “With half the seats filled, it’s been a disappointing day for women.
"Counts are complete in 16 constituencies and there are no women at all in six of those.
"We need our political representatives to reflect society.
"When parties run a balanced ticket we get balanced representation."
She pointed to the Social Democrats whose ticket was 55pc women as evidence of this and pointed out that the only women elected in all Cork consitiuencies was one of its candidates, Holly Cairns.
Ms de Buis said: “We are near the bottom of the table again in the EU with just 22pc female representation and it doesn’t look like increases will be made this election.
"Progress on this has been far too slow until now – the three larger parties ran just 30pc women and today’s results should be a wake up call to them."
It will be more than difficult for the ladies and gentlemen of Irish politics to form a stable government from this mayhem. Read John Downing's look at the options for achieving the magic 80-plus TDs … and then we can all quietly weep
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