Cork City Electoral area: latest updates
Published 24/05/2014 | 11:45
Sinn Fein are tipped to top each of Cork City Council's six wards in a record-breaking performance by the party.
Early tallies indicate that SF have, as predicted, benefitted from a major swing by voters to left wing parties and independents.
Eight independents are also in the running to take seats though Fine Gael candidate and tallyman, Barry Keane, warned that the major parties will likely benefit from transfers to make a comeback with the fifth, sixth and seventh seats in some wards.
"It is very early days and we just can't predict what is going to happen but I think that SF is likely to mirror Labour's performance in 2002 when they benefitted from a major voter surge but just didn't have enough candidates in the field to exploit it to the maximum degree," he said.
However, FG and Fianna Fáil may do just well enough to ensure that control of the 31-member council remains within the traditional three party pact with Labour.
Tallies have indicated a 5pc boost in the FF vote across Cork.
Early tallies have indicated voters split as follows: SF (17pc), FG (24pc), FF (20pc), Labour (8pc) and Independents (30pc-plus).
Counting of ballots won't begin in Cork City Hall until around 2pm as the separation of ballots from European Parliament papers at Nemo Rangers GAA club is taking longer than expected.