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SAT UPDATE: The picture emerging in the results from yesterday’s Irish General Election is becoming clearer as the evening goes on. The outcome represents an historic defeat for Fianna Fáil, the main bourgeois party in the state. FF have been in power for 61 of the last 79 years. They have been the largest single party in Dáil Éireann since 1932 until... today. Although only around a third of seats have been announced it is clear that FF are destined to come in third place not far ahead of SF. Fine Gael will become the biggest party for the first time although they will still fall short of an overall majority. Labour however has made the biggest strides forward with around 20% of first preference votes. This is double what the party achieved in 2007.