Initial counting for Ireland's general election shows Sinn Fein surging to take 24.5 percent of the first-preference votes.

That has put the left-wing party just ahead of the centre-right parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, who have dominated mainstream politics for nearly a century.

As counting continues it looks like no one party will win enough seats for an outright parliamentary majority.

Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports from Dublin, Ireland

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