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Former Labour leader Joan Burton

Former Labour leader Joan Burton

Former Labour leader Joan Burton

A career spanning almost three decades came to an end this evening when former Tanaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton lost her seat in Dublin West.

She was expected to be one of the high-profile casualties of the 2020 election and was eliminated on the fifth count with just 2,406 votes.

The numbers were not looking good from the start when the final tally showed she was in deep trouble and likely to lose her seat with just 5pc of first preference votes.

She did not appear at the count centre at the Phibblestown Community centre at any time during the vote, despite being a household name for many years.

It's almost three decades since Ms Burton was first elected in the 'Spring Tide' in 1992.

She went on to become the first woman to lead the Labour Party and played a strong role in both the successful marriage equality and abortion referendums.

Ms Burton was the social protection minister during the Fine Gael-Labour government but stepped down as leader after Labour's disastrous 2016 election.

The party suffered in the wake of the anti-water charges campaign and Ms Burton herself was targeted during an infamous protest in Jobstown in 2014.

Meanwhile, Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael running mate Eimer Currie was also eliminated in the fifth count, with 2030 votes.

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