It was quickly becoming clear that the main Coalition party, Fine Gael:
had a very poor election. Its vote share has dropped by more than 12 percentage points since the general election and, despite the overall increase in the number of council seats, the party is still going to lose more than 100 from its total of 335.
Its losses seemed particularly pronounced in Dublin City Council.
Nevertheless, the future of party leader and Taoiseach Enda Kenny looks secure.
|Gerald Sweetman welcoming new Fine Gael TDs to Dail Eireann, 1958.|
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