Five things to watch as General Election count continues

James Reilly
James Reilly

AS counting resumes and Fine Gael and Labour count the cost of a bruising election, there are a number of areas to keep a very close eye on today:

Dublin Bay North

It was billed as the 'Group of Death' so perhaps it's no surprise that the people counting the votes here are taking their time.

A few things are clear: Fine Gael Minister Richard Bruton is on his way back to Leinster House as is Sean Haughey (FF).

But when this gets down to the final seats the situation will get really interesting.

Finian McGrath (Ind), Aodhan O Riordain (Lab), Tommy Broughan (Ind), Averil Power (Ind) and Denise Smith (SF) are in a good old-fashion dogfight.


The Enda question

They are unlikely to push him this soon but watch for the language used by senior Fine Gael figures when asked about Enda Kenny's future.

Fine Gael are hurting but they will need to allow a suitable grieving period before making any big decisions.

Ged Nash's fate in Louth

Ged Nash appears to be a 'former future leader of the Labour Party'.

He hasn't conceded defeat but he looks almost certain to lose the battle for the fifth seat with Fine Gael's Peter Fitzpatrick

James Reilly and Alan Kelly also in big trouble

The deputy leader of Fine Gael is going to be one of the biggest casualties today.

His time as health minister damaged his image beyond repair in Dublin Fingal despite controversy over whether he showed them too much favour in his decision-making.

Prospects are slightly better for Kelly to survive in Tipp, despite his link to Irish Water.

The constituency looks set to elect three independent TDs (Michael Lowry, Mattie McGrath and Seamus Healy) and a Fianna Fail candidate too.

Kelly will battle with Fine Gael's Tom Hayes for the final seat.

Sinn Fein in Donegal

Sinn Fein decided to run three candidates in Donegal when they were riding high in the polls last year - but the move has backfired.

They are now in a position where their vote has been spread too thinly and Padraig MacLochlainn could lose out.