Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael both made gains (10 and 7 respectively). Fine Gael's share of the vote rose by 3.4%, one of their best results in an election as an incumbent government party. The heavy defeat of Labour, however, meant that the Rainbow Coalition was not automatically returned.
Of the smaller parties, both the Progressive Democrats and the Democratic Left also suffered, with both being reduced to 4 seats. Other parties made gains - Sinn Féin won their first seat since 1957 with Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin in Cavan-Monaghan - this was also the party's first seat since they voted to recognise Dáil Éireann in 1986. The Green Party increased their total to 2, and the Socialist Party won their first seat with Joe Higgins in Dublin West. Independents won 6 seats in total.
With the Rainbow Coalition unable to make up the numbers they previously had, Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats agreed a coalition deal and took up governance, beginning a 14 year run of Fianna Fáil in office.
The full results were as follows:
Fianna Fáil - 77 (+10)
Fine Gael - 54 (+7)
Labour - 17 (-15)
Progressive Democrats - 4 (-5)
Democratic Left - 4 (-2)
Green Party - 2 (+1)
Sinn Féin - 1 (+1)
Socialist Party - 1 (+1)
Independents - 6 (+2)
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