The results of the parliamentary elections in Ireland were known this Monday and bring uncertainty regarding the formation of the next government.
The main opposition party, Fianna Fail, won the largest number of deputies, a total of 38, and 22.18% of the vote in Saturday's elections.
Left-wing Sinn Féin won 37 deputies and had the highest percentage of votes (24.5%). The former political wing of the IRA grew the most in relation to the 2016 legislatures, winning 14 seats in Parliament.
Fine Gael (right), of current Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, was one of the losers. He did not go beyond third place, but he got 35 deputies and may have a say in the formation of the next government.
From these legislative elections a very fractured Parliament emerges. To reach a majority of 80 deputies, it will take a coalition between two of the three largest parties, with the support of other movements.
During the election campaign, the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail assured their voters that they would not form a governmental coalition with Sinn Féin.
Again questioned, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin did not completely close the door on a "contraption" with Sinn Féin, but admits the existence of "significant political incompatibilities".
Small parties can play an important role in the new Irish Parliament, with emphasis on the Greens, who won 12 seats, or Labor and Social Democrats, with six deputies each.
Sinn Féin has already taken the initiative. Party leader Mary Lou McDonald will initiate contacts with the Greens, Labor and Social Democrats to try to reach an understanding.
Mary Lou McDonald believes that the party's victory in the popular vote represents a "revolution through the ballot box" that should be rewarded with a place in the government.
If it is not possible to reach an agreement to form a government – which can take weeks or months – the possibility of new legislative elections is on the table.
The party with the most deputies, Fianna Fail, can also try to form a minority government and try parliamentary agreements with Fine Gael and other parties.
After the 2016 elections, won by Fine Gael, the training process for the new executive went on for ten weeks.