Government Minister Says Fine Gael Are Taking Positives Out Of Four By-Election Defeats This Weekend

The party failed to reclaim the seat of their outgoing TD Francis Fitzgerald in Dublin Mid West

Instead, Sinn Fein's Mark Ward instead was elected.

Green Party candidate Joe O'Brien won in Dublin Fingal, while Fianna Fail's Malcolm Byrne and Padraig O'Sullivan were the people's choices in Wexford and Cork North Central.

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says the party's looking forward to next years general election:

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