Party Leaders Outlining Their Position Ahead Of Potential Government Formation Talks

Counting is still ongoing across the country.

Leaders of the main parties have been outlining their position ahead of potential talks on government formation. 

Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald insists she will talk to all parties when it comes to forming a new government.

The Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar says he intends to stand by the party's commitment not to enter into coalition with Sinn Fein.

Almost half the seats across the Dáil have now been filled with counting set to continue this morning. 

Sinn Féin are the big winners with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil fighting to increase their seat numbers.

As of now Sinn Féin has the highest number of TDs with 29

Fianna Fáil have 16 over the line while Fine Gael have 14 TDs

Michael Martin, admits the party didn't perform as well as expected:

Five greens have been elected, two from the Social Democrats, one Labour TD and 8 independents join two from Solidarity People Before Profit.

A number of high profile deputies including Ministers Regina Doherty, Shane Ross and Mary Mitchell O'Connor are waking up this morning without their Dáil seats.

While former Tánaiste Joan Burton and Solidarity's Ruth Coppinger also lost their seats last night in what was a bad evening for high profile female TDs.

Taosieach Leo Varadkar insists he intends to stand by the party's commitment not to enter into coalition with Sinn Fein


Counting will resume in Roscommon-Galway at midday today - after a power-cut forced last night's process to be abandoned.  just before 2am.

Independent TDs Michael Fitzmaurice and Denis Naughten were elected on the first and fifth counts respectively and Sinn Fein's Claire Kerrane is likely to take the final seat.

Deputy Naughten believes it will be possible to form a government over the coming weeks:



The general election count in Tipperary will restart at ten o'clock in Thurles, with four seats left to fill. 

Veteran Independent TD Michael Lowry topped the poll and was the only candidate elected last night. 

He has been the first Dáil deputy to win a seat in his constituency in every general election since he first stood as a candidate in 1997. 

He says he's honoured to represent the county:



MEP Luke Ming Flanagan says it's brilliant news that there will not be a Fine Gael or Fianna Fail TD in Roscommon




Former junior minister Damien English admits his party wasn't quick enough in its delivery of housing and health policies.

He was re-elected without reaching the quota in Meath West late last night.

When asked about the national picture, he says he doesn't know what the message from the electorate is regarding government formation:

Aontu leader Peadar Toibin says Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein need to 'get over themselves' and form a government.

Toibin was re-elected from Meath West, which also saw the Sinn Fein surge.

He believes the electorate has given both parties the clearest mandate to form a Government:


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