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#Election 2016

# election-2016 - Thursday 3 March, 2016

Life after an election: 'The hurt, the hard work and signing on the dole'

Nicola Cassidy, a former Green Party press officer, chronicles what happens when it all goes pear shaped.

# election-2016 - Wednesday 2 March, 2016

The aftermath: Fianna Fáil toasts success, as Fine Gael looks increasingly chaotic

Analysis: Leinster House is a strange place this week but among the two biggest parties there are two very different moods.

The Longford-Westmeath recount is back underway

It’s the fifth day of the epic count.

Most people think it's time for Joan Burton to go

The beleaguered Labour leader is facing an uncertain future as a new poll finds strong support for her resignation.

After repeatedly ruling them out, Enda now says Fine Gael will talk to Fianna Fáil

The Taoiseach said all the options for forming a government are difficult after a ‘bruising’ election for his party.

Enda Kenny says people should keep paying their water charges

The Taoiseach said it would be a “seriously costly and seriously historic mistake” to get rid of the charges.

# election-2016 - Tuesday 1 March, 2016

Why the 'Every Little Hurts' ad sank Labour

Analysis: Labour’s disastrous general election result this time around had its roots in the 2011 campaign.

Enda breaks his silence, says Fine Gael will 'play part in providing a government'

The Taoiseach says that his party looks forward to engaging with other parties and groupings.

We now have more female TDs than ever before - but do we really have gender quotas to thank?

A comprehensive analysis of the historic election of 35 women to the 32nd Dáil.

Enda is off to Washington, but only a few ministers will get a Paddy's Day trip

A “significantly curtailed programme” of ministerial trips abroad is being finalised in the wake of the uncertain election outcome.

"United, we'll never be defeated" - Bríd Smith finally triumphs in Dublin South Central

The battle between AAA-PBP’s Bríd Smith and Fianna Fáil’s Catherine Ardagh was finally settled this evening after a nerve-jangling day of waiting.

A Labour loss in the 'group of death' and now there are just 2 seats up for grabs

Our liveblog of today’s events, as they happened.

'I'm a first time voter and I got to see democracy unfold in front of my eyes at the RDS'

Ruby Hughes was let loose in the RDS count centre and loved it.

Why did Europe delay a report that criticised Ireland until after the election?

It says it did not want to be seen to be interfering.

No TDs for days, then three in a minute - rollercoaster of emotions at a crazy count in Dublin Bay North

It was jubilation for three candidates, and total desolation for Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin.

'Group of Death': Minister for Drugs Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has lost his Dáil seat

As rules stand now, it looks like Labour will lose its speaking rights in the chamber.

'When political parties backtrack on promises on who they would go into power with, I feel lied to'

I have found it disheartening the way our major political parties have once again belittled their voting public, writes Rob McDonnell.

Four days later, election counting still isn't over

It could go into tomorrow.

# election-2016 - Monday 29 February, 2016

The next Taoiseach: The people want Micheál over Enda - but a lot want neither

A new poll conducted in the aftermath of the election, has some fascinating findings.

AS IT HAPPENED: Counts, checks and courts as Monday dragged for wannabe TDs

It’s been a long weekend. Stay with us as the count continues.

Before he even talks about government Micheál Martin wants a lot of Dáil reform

The Fianna Fáil leader wants a month set aside for all parties to talk about reforming the Dáil.

The low-downs: The 11 candidates who secured the least votes this election

Strange policies, late announced-campaigns and relative obscurity didn’t help these former Dáil hopefuls.

Why Sinn Féin had a good election - but not a great election

Analysis: The party has increased its seats and its share of the votes but there were some notable setbacks.

The cabinet, including the three ministers who lost their seats, will meet tomorrow

Things might be a bit awkward for James Reilly, Alex White and Ged Nash.

Poll-toppers: The 10 candidates who secured the most votes this election

Independents, party leaders and long-time TDs are all in the mix.

Bertie says 'no chance in hell' government will be formed before Easter

The former Fianna Fáil leader also reckons the party won’t do a deal with Fine Gael.

Down to the wire: This Labour TD might still have a chance at a seat

Penrose had conceded on Saturday evening but this morning he said there is “an outside chance” he’ll get back in.

In or out: What happened to the Fine Gael and Labour ministers?

It’s been a weekend of drama. As the dust settles, who’s left standing for Fine Gael and Labour?

Champagne, selfies and a 40-car cavalcade in Healy-Rae victory tour

The brothers made history in this election, becoming the first siblings to be elected in the same constituency.

We probably won't know the final election result until tomorrow at the earliest

Counting goes on and on and on and on and on…

After voters rejected him, can Enda Kenny survive?

Analysis: The Taoiseach remains the Taoiseach for now, but his position as Fine Gael leader will come under scrutiny in the coming weeks.

They said - the general election count quotes of the weekend

Lots of politicians had lots to say today as you might imagine, and not all of it was nice.

"Foes must become allies": Here's how the world has been reporting on our election

Most are agreed that it’s time for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to set aside a century of civil-war politics and form a government together.

# election-2016 - Sunday 28 February, 2016

Power recount: Dublin Bay North's Group of Death goes into Monday

They didn’t overstate how close this massive five-seater could be.

PLAY-BY-PLAY: Nearly there - but FIVE recounts are going to delay the election result proper

It’s been a day of jubilation and desolation, and Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have been matching each other all the way

'Up Fianna Fáil, we're back!': How the party reclaimed 'Fine Gael country' A Weekend In Mayo This post contains videos

'Up Fianna Fáil, we're back!': How the party reclaimed 'Fine Gael country'

The recovery that happened wasn’t the one Fine Gael had in mind.

The Brothers Healy-Rae are the latest in a long line of siblings in the Dáil

Michael and Danny will be the first siblings elected to the same constituency, but there have been a few others who served in the same Dáil.