Incumbent Bertie Ahern is almost certainly headed for a third term as Ireland's prime minister, Ireland's RTÉ is reporting this evening. Ahern's coalition has won 41% of seats in Parliament thus far, likely enough to lead a coalition government.
Ahern ran on a platform that highlighted his success transforming Ireland into one of Europe's richest countries, and his work negotiating peace in Northern Ireland. But his party's narrow victory means that he may have to lure one of Ireland's smaller parties into his coalition to preserve a majority. And the opposition have refused to concede on hopes they'll be able to use back-room agreements to form their own ruling government.