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Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has lost her Dáil seat

The Renua leader has been eliminated.

Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

LUCINDA CREIGHTON HAS lost her Dáil seat after being eliminated in Dublin Bay South.

The founder and leader of the Renua party was eliminated after the fifth count. She was not in the count centre at the RDS when the announcement was made.

Eoghan Murphy and Kate O’Connell from Fine Gael look set to take seats, as does former minister and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.

There’s a tight race for the fourth seat with Kevin Humphreys (Labour), Jim O’Callaghan (Fianna Fáil) and Chris Andrews (Sinn Féin) all still in the running.

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There were early indications that today was not going to be a good one for Renua, a party set up by Creighton last year after she left the Fine Gael ranks in opposition to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

Currently, Wicklow’s Billy Timmons is the only real possibility of Renua taking a seat for the party.

Earlier, Creighton was booed by a small number of people upon her arrival at the RDS. The former minister said at that stage that she had “no idea” if she would hold her seat.

I have said from the very beginning that this was going to be a huge struggle in this constituency, a real battle and it has proven to be so and it’s extraordinary to see so many candidates in contention for seats in Dublin Bay South.

She said the party’s work would continue irrespective of what happens, describing this election as “the first step”.

It’s a benchmark, it’s the first of many electoral contests I hope.

Creighton’s husband, senator Paul Bradford, conceded that he will not take a seat in Cork East and told RTÉ this afternoon:

Well, obviously on the figures it’s not going well for Renua but I really enjoyed the campaign.

More: It looks like Renua might not win any Dáil seats

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