Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil meet separately to discuss government formation

The final seats in Dáil Éireann have now been filled – after the end of a marathon count in the Longford-Westmeath constituency. Dail ChamberThe result was announced there this morning – following the election of Fine Gael’s Peter Burke and Labour’s Willie Penrose. It means Labour has secured a crucial seventh seat in the Dail to give the party speaking rights. The makeup of the 32nd Dail sees Fine Gael with 50 seats, Fianna Fail has 44, Sinn Fein 23, 17 Independents and Labour on 7. The Triple A/People Before Profit and the Independent Alliance have 6 seats each, Social Democrats 3 and the Greens 2. Meanwhile, the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael parliamentary parties will meet separately today – for the first time since the General Election – to discuss government formation.