Brian Stanley chanted 'Up the Republic' with a Martin McGuinness pin on his lapel as he was deemed elected on the first count in Laois-Offaly.
He received 16,654 first preference votes, well in excess of the 11,571 quota. Barry Cowen was a remote second on 8,677 votes.
Read his reaction to being elected HERE.
Keep up to date with the count as it progresses HERE.