Vote counting continues in Ireland after general election

08:55, February 28, 2011      

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Counting is continuing in the four remaining constituencies after Friday's general election in Ireland, with 12 seats in the new 166-member of the Dail Eireann ( lower house of parliament) still to be filled.

So far, 154 seats have been filled in the 31st Dail Eireann: 70 Fine Gael (United Ireland Party), 36 Labor, 18 Fianna Fail ( Republican Party), 13 Sinn Fein (We Ourselves), 13 independents and four others, according to RTE, the country's public broadcaster. At this stage, only four constituencies, Galway East, Galway West, Laois-Offaly and Wicklow, have not finished counting.

There have been record results for Fine Gael, Labor and Sinn Fein, but a record low for Fianna Fail, RTE reported, adding that the Greens lost all six of the party's TDs (members of parliament). Sinn Fein has done well, winning seats it did not really expect to, such as Cork East and Sligo North Leitrim constituencies.

RTE said there has been no formal confirmation of any contacts on the formation of a new government, but a coalition between Fine Gael and Labor remains the most likely option.

Fine Gael has become the largest party in the country, taking 70 seats so far, while Labor has won 36 seats at this stage.

Source: Xinhua

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