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# General Election

All time
# take two
Spanish voters go back to the polls for second election in six months
The last general elections in December resulted in a hung parliament and parties failed to agree on a coalition.
# BRUSSELS TO DUBLIN
'The only objective was to get Enda and Fine Gael back in and it's done'
Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes is working on a committee investigating the controversial Panama Papers.
# Taking Stock
"Renua was branded as 'Fine Gael Lite' - we are a centralist party"
Lucinda Creighton has stepped down as the party leader. What’s next for the party?
# sinister exhibition
Micheál Martin reckons Sinn Féin are "twisting history" with their 1916 events
The FF leader’s no fan of the event Sinn Féin is running at the Ambassador.
# let's be sensible
Irish voters backed 'local lunatics' instead of being sensible - Michael O'Leary
The Ryanair boss has a view on the current political deadlock.
Voices
Abolishing water charges is a return to the policies that collapsed our economy
Troika observers reading our newspapers must be banging their heads against their desks and screaming at their monitors: “You’re. Screwing. It. Up. Again.”
# glad it's over
10 things about Ireland's general election the world needs to understand
Political discourse can involve One Direction. That’s how it works here.
# Election 2016
THE LOSERS: The TDs we're saying goodbye to after they lost their seats
It’s been a rough couple of days for these well-known faces.
Voices
'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.
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.
# coffees all around
Power recount: Dublin Bay North's Group of Death goes into Monday
They didn’t overstate how close this massive five-seater could be.
# it ain't over
Legal heavyweights called in, as full recount to get under way in Dublin South-West
We’ll be taking it from the top at Citywest from 9am tomorrow.
AS IT HAPPENED
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Three recounts and a decimated Cabinet
Everything you need to know as counting goes into its second day.
# play it again sam
Full recounts in at least two constituencies - so how does it work?
In many constituencies, it has been nerve-wrackingly close.
AS IT HAPPENED
WHERE IT'S AT: Neck and neck between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as counts go through the night
We have all the news, results and reaction for what has been one of the most dramatic elections in recent times.
# Election 2016
Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has lost her Dáil seat
The Renua leader has been eliminated.
# shattered
Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter loses Dáil seat
The former minister for justice lost his seat to the deputy leader of the Green Party Catherine Martin.
# It's Official
"It's fantastic!": Shane Ross on becoming the first TD elected to the 32nd Dáil
Early celebrations in Dublin Rathdown.
# Exit Poll
Exit poll: Fianna Fáil surge but it's bad news for Fine Gael-Labour coalition
The first exit poll is in.
# rock the vote
Here's the great TheJournal.ie guide to voting in an Irish election
Everything you ever wanted to know about voting, but were too afraid to ask…
# disenfranchised
Prisoners can vote - so why don't they?
The voting ban in British prisons has been a source of controversy, but here, just one in five who register decide to fill in their ballot papers.
Voices
'Gender quotas won't substantially alter the outcome of the next Dáil'
The question of gender quotas continues to be a turbulent issue, not only in Ireland, writes Jason O’Sullivan.
# three bumps
WATCH: Lucinda trumps Enda and Joan at the steady hand challenge
Could this swing some undecided voters?
Voices
'Living in Hong Kong, my citizenship means more than just what’s written on my passport'
The ‘home to vote’ campaign pushed for us all to come home, the message is different now, writes Aaron Mc Nicholas.
# Final hours
Anton Savage: There's one message Enda and Joan are struggling to get across
“And time’s ticking.”
Voices
Millenials and Celtic Tiger cubs aren't taken seriously as people, never mind as voters
Patronising stunts aside, my generation is simply not represented in the political sphere, writes Anna O’Rourke.
Last night's leader's debate in 24 hilarious tweets
Twitter was the real winner of last night’s debate.
# Your Say
Poll: Have the leaders' debates changed how you'll vote?
The election is just three days away.
# Cash Money
Here's what all of the parties' general election promises mean for your wallet
Taxback.com’s calculator aims to show how the plans of the main parties will affect your take home pay.
# General Election
More bad news for Labour in the latest opinion poll
Is a Fine Gael Fianna Fáil coalition on the horizon?
# blindboy boatclub
The Rubberbandits on mental health in Ireland really struck a chord
Blindboy Boatclub showed them.
# the man in the van
Not to be outdone by the Healy-Raes, Mattie McGrath's released a pizza-based election song
LA LA LA LA LA LA LA MATTIE MCGRATH!
# Your Say
Poll: Do you put much stock in opinion polls?
Yes, we know it’s a bit meta to have a poll on polls…
# check their policies
Here's what political parties would do for Irish film and music if you elect them
We had a look at the main parties’ arts policies to see what they promise.
# the man in the van
Tipp TD Mattie McGrath's election song is all kinds of cringe
LA LA LA LA LA LA LA MATTIE MCGRATH!
Voices
I'm out canvassing for Fianna Fáil and it's a lot different this time around
Lots of people don’t open their doors and many don’t want to talk – but I still love canvassing, writes Donnacha Maguire.
# poster wars
A lot of posters are going missing in Tipperary
A trailer belonging to Independent candidate Mattie McGrath was also taken along with Sinn Féin posters.
# General Election
What's it like to be a first-time candidate? We went canvassing to find out
You hear a lot about water charges, unwanted trees and Angela Merkel.
# Election 2016
Relief for Fine Gael as latest poll sees Kenny and co make gains
The party has seen its support slipping since the start of the election campaign.
# my hometown
Beautiful Bray and the demise of the Irish main street
Christina Finn lived and worked as a journalist in the Co Wicklow town when housing and homelessness were big concerns. Are they still?