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Big hitters lose out as Sinn Féin make gains

John Manley
THE Republic's most dramatic election for decades has seen a number of political big hitters facing potential oblivion, with some former ministers losing their seats.

Sinn Féin surge smashes Republic's political status quo

SINN Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has heralded a transformation in the Republic's political landscape after her party made unprecedented gains that could potentially see it become a key player in Dublin's next government.