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Sinn Fein's Paul Donnelly (centre) celebrates with supporters at Phibblestown Community Centre in Dublin. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Fein's Paul Donnelly (centre) celebrates with supporters at Phibblestown Community Centre in Dublin. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Sinn Fein's Paul Donnelly (centre) celebrates with supporters at Phibblestown Community Centre in Dublin. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

These are the Sinn Fein candidates who came from nowhere to win a seat in the next Dail.

Paul Donnelly

He topped the poll in the Taoiseach's own constituency of Dublin West.

What makes his achievement all the more remarkable is he previously failed to win a Dail seat in no fewer than three general elections and three by-elections.

Patricia Ryan

Despite having a low profile and being away on holiday during the election campaign, that didn't stop Ryan from topping the poll and winning a seat in Kildare South.

She was abroad for the first week of the campaign after her sons bought her a holiday as a Christmas present. Sinn Fein headquarters explained the gift was given before the election was called and the dates could not be changed.

Violet-Anne Wynne

The mother-of-five and psychology graduate from Trinity secured a seat in Clare, despite having polled just over 300 votes in last year's local elections.

She was elected on the 10th count. Originally from Co Offaly, she relocated to Clare under the Rural Resettlement initiative and joined Sinn Fein eight years ago.

Johnny Mythen

He completed a remarkable turnaround in Wexford only nine months after losing his council seat in the local elections.

He is the first Sinn Fein TD returned in Wexford for 102 years. Mythen, a retired ESB technician, narrowly lost out to Fine Gael's Paul Kehoe in 2016 by 31 votes.

Claire Kerrane

A former adviser to Independent MEP Luke Flanagan, she was elected in Roscommon-Galway, the first Sinn Fein seat in the constituency in nearly a century.

The teacher is no stranger to Leinster House, but is more used to being behind the scenes as she has been the party's adviser on employment affairs, social protection and pensions. However, now she will be taking a seat in the Dail.

Darren O'Rourke

O'Rourke (39) worked as a policy adviser to long-time TD Caoimhghin O Caolain. In 2014 he was elected to Meath County Council, representing Ashbourne.

The Kells native met his wife Maria Ui Ruairc, a former Sinn Fein councillor, during the 2014 council elections and they have a son Art (2).