Gerry Adams has insisted Sinn Fein met its own expectations in the election, dismissing claims that he failed to lead his party to bigger targeted gains.
Set to return to the Dail with 20-plus seats, Mr Adams claimed the poll demonstrated a sea change in politics in the Republic.
“The message out there - and this is an ongoing process, this is very much a work in progress - is that people want change,” he said.
“The big conservative parties that ran this place for a very long time can’t summon between them any more than 50% of the vote.
“The left parties, the progressive parties, the independents, the Sinn Fein party, all have garnered the rest of all of that.”