Ivana Bacik increased Labour Party Dail ranks to seven as she emerged victorious in the Dublin Bay South by-election caused by the resignation of former minister, Eoghan Murphy, of Fine Gael.
She was elected without reaching the quota, following a very strong showing with a 30% share of first preference in the first count.
By the time the ninth and final count had arrived, she had garnered 13,382 votes with her nearest rival, Fine Gael’s James Geoghegan a distant second on 9,235.
Ms Bacik failed to reach the quota by a mere 60 votes.
At the end of the first count, Ms Bacik had 8,131 first preference votes with Geoghegan on 7,052, Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan third on 4,245, the Green Party’s Claire Byrne well back on 2,157, and most disappointly of all, Fianna Fail’s Deirdre Conroy only on 1,247.
It was Ms Bacik’s third time running in a Dáil election.