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#Election 2016

# election-2016 - Saturday 27 February, 2016

The votes have been cast and the count is ready to begin - what happens now?

Garda escorts, thousands of staff and boxes and boxes of votes – it’s count day.

# election-2016 - Friday 26 February, 2016

These are the battles to watch on count day

Battle lines drawn.

Election 2016: All the latest in our liveblog - as Ireland votes

We’ve heard what the politicians have had to say for themselves. Now it’s over to you.

Here's the great guide to voting in an Irish election

Everything you ever wanted to know about voting, but were too afraid to ask…

'This is why my vote is so important to me'

Those with Down Syndrome write about the importance of their vote and why they are engaging in the political system.

Every vote counts: The closest election results in recent Irish history

The man who won a Dáil seat by one vote tells us: “It was an awful way to win, but a terrible way to lose.”

Prisoners can vote - so why don't they?

The voting ban in British prisons has been a source of controversy, but here, just one in five who register decide to fill in their ballot papers.

# election-2016 - Thursday 25 February, 2016

Voting's all done and dusted - if you live on one of these 12 islands

Islanders cast their votes a day before people on the mainland.

9 things we learned from the general election campaign

It’s all over bar the voting.

Explainer: How does Ireland's voting system work?

Here’s all you need to know about what happens to your vote.

Here's what these teens would change to make Ireland a better place

Ahead of the election spoke to six Irish teenagers about what they want for the country over the next four years.

FactCheck: Can water charges really be abolished?’s GE16 FactCheck dives deep into what could be a major issue for the next government, and resurfaces with some answers.

"I feel very weak in the mornings": These two men are staging a five day pre-election fast

They’re “ratcheting up” their campaigning, as “all of the other actions of protest have made no difference”.

Bamboozled by opinion polls? Get up to speed in 6 simple steps...

If you’re looking at the polls to indicate the outcome, you should be careful, writes Tom Louwerse.

Dirty tricks in north Dublin: FG candidate hits out at anonymous letter campaign

Dublin Bay North candidate Naoise Ó Muirí has gone to the gardaí over false claims made in letters received by local residents.

AS IT HAPPENED: Politicians scramble for last few votes before broadcast ban

Enda did the ‘steady hand challenge’ on TV3 – and TDs across the land were out pressing the flesh.

Last poll: Fine Gael and Labour could be within touching distance of re-election

A poll carried out by DIT for has Fine Gael slightly higher than the recent polls.

'Gender quotas won't substantially alter the outcome of the next Dáil'

The question of gender quotas continues to be a turbulent issue, not only in Ireland, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

WATCH: Lucinda trumps Enda and Joan at the steady hand challenge Three Bumps This post contains videos

WATCH: Lucinda trumps Enda and Joan at the steady hand challenge

Could this swing some undecided voters?

Is this still the most economically depressed town in Ireland?

It’s two years since Bunclody was named as the most economically depressed town. We paid a visit, to see if locals were feeling the recovery.

"I actually struggle with this myself": Taoiseach quizzed on Eighth Amendment on TV3 couch

Kenny said he had listened very carefully to the “courageous people” who had spoken of their experiences with unborn children.

'Living in Hong Kong, my citizenship means more than just what’s written on my passport'

The ‘home to vote’ campaign pushed for us all to come home, the message is different now, writes Aaron Mc Nicholas.

These two dads aren't happy about a Kerry candidate using their family photo online

The birth photo shows Toronto couple BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson embracing their son.

# election-2016 - Wednesday 24 February, 2016

The TrailFix: Has Enda snatched defeat from the jaws of victory?

The best and worst bits from today’s #ge16 campaign trail.

Playing nasty: How social media became an election battleground in 2016

Negative campaigning went digital in this year’s campaign. Has it worked?

Millenials and Celtic Tiger cubs aren't taken seriously as people, never mind as voters

Patronising stunts aside, my generation is simply not represented in the political sphere, writes Anna O’Rourke.

As they fight for their lives, Labour warns that people could get a government they don't want

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste made their final pitches to voters in Dublin today.

FactCheck: The truth and the lies from the final Leaders' Debate’s GE16 FactCheck has pulled out all the stops for the last-chance, high-stakes battle at RTE last night.

'There's a reason no Fine Gael government has ever been re-elected' - former minister

Róisín Shortall is not impressed with Enda Kenny or her old party, Labour.

Gardaí say it could take 50 years to get back to 2010 policing levels

The Garda Representative Association has called on the new government to restore their pay and commit to a substantial recruitment drive.

Gerry Adams condemns death threat made to Fine Gael TD

Regina Doherty got into a heated debate with the Sinn Féin leader.

The creak during the Leaders' Debate was Gerry's sore back

The Sinn Féin leader found it hard to stand still because of the pain in his back.

Poll: Have the leaders' debates changed how you'll vote? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have the leaders' debates changed how you'll vote?

The election is just three days away.

Waterford is - slowly, very slowly - pulling itself out of recession

Nicky Ryan took a trip back to the Déise to see how Ireland’s oldest city was faring ahead of the general election.

'For me, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are virtually the same'

Columnist Julien Mercille gives us his take on the election ahead.

From The42 Tipp player hoping to return from long-term injury and see his father bag Dáil seat in election Politics Of Sport

Tipp player hoping to return from long-term injury and see his father bag Dáil seat in election

It’s a unique weekend for footballer George Hannigan.