Offaly electoral area: Latest updates
Published 24/05/2014 | 17:32
SINN Fein are poised to make a breakthrough in Offaly by winning a seat in Tullamore and another in Edenderry
Brendan Killeavy, a Tullamore Town Councillor who narrowly missed out on a County Council seat in 2009, will top the poll in his area while the party's six-fold increase across the county will also see Martin O'Reilly elected in the Edenderry Area.
Fianna Fail look set to be the other big winners because they are likely to retain control of the council with the help of Independents.
They have an outside chance of gaining a seat in Tullamore at the expense of Fine Gael and should retain their three seats in Edenderry.
Fine Gael's share of the vote has dropped by an estimated 10 per cent across Offaly and they could lose three of the six seats they won five years ago.
Their best performer is John Clendennen in the Birr Area who will win the seat formerly held by his father, Kinnitty publican Percy Clendennen.
Independents are doing well in Offaly with over 28 per cent of the vote and John Leahy, Offaly GAA coaching coordinator, will top the poll in the Birr Area.
Two anti-turbine candidates polled poorly in the Edenderry Area while Danny Owens, a Fianna Fail councillor in Tullamore and two-time All-Ireland hurling medallist, has seen his vote drop slightly and is battling to retain his seat.