So the general election of 2016 is finally, finally over. The Labour Party has managed to scrape one last seat in the constituency of Longford-Westmeath following days of recounts and legal threats, thus gaining full speaking rights in the 32nd Dáil and one more TD than it’s new arch nemesis, the AAA-PBP. If anyone saw the repugnant performances of former Labour boss, Pat Rabbitte, on television over the last six days it is obvious how important the latter position was to the routed party he once led. And which he and his entryist colleagues eventually hollowed out and destroyed just as they did with the Workers Party and Democratic Left (not to mention Official Sinn Féin before it became the WP, in the case of some of his older cronies).
By way of review, listed below is the full number of Teachtaí Dála elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2016 general election by party or group affiliation with the seat changes from the pre-election quantities shown in parenthesis. The number of TDanna signed up to the anti-water charges campaign, Right2Change, is indicated by an asterix.
50 = Fine Gael (-26)
44 = Fianna Fáil (+24)
23 = Sinn Féin (+9) *23
7 = Labour Party (-30)
6 = AAA-PBP (+2) *3
6 = Independent Alliance [Not a registered party]
4 = Independents 4 Change (+4) *4
3 = Social Democrats (-/+0)
2 = Green Party (+2)
1 = Workers and Unemployed Action (-/+0) *1
12 = Independents [No party or group affiliation]