Where will balance of power fall in Ardee?
THE loss of Ardee Town Council will be a huge factor in life in mid-Louth into the future.
At times it did lack the 'clout' many strive for at local political level but it was a voice for the people and one that lasted 170 years.
The new Ardee District stretches from Killany, Ardee and Tallanstown to Castlebellingham, Dysart, Dunleer, Collon and Clogherhead. Does it swing the balance of power from Ardee to a wider area? The voters will decide.
The six seats here will be keenly contested by new and not so new faces.
Ardee Town Council chairman Fintan Malone will be hoping his years of working for the area will earn Fianna Fail a foothold, but running mates Liam Reilly and Tomas Wilkinson will be equally as confident of making it too, both very accomplished in their own way.
Pearse McGeough from Sinn Fein is known as a great worker and he's joined on the ticket by newcomer Tom Cunningham from Clogherhead.
Fine Gael has gone for four, and, a rarity in this election in Mid Louth, a female. Dolores Minogue has become a commanding figure in Ardee in her role on the town council and she'll be running with long serving Finnan McCoy, Colm Markey from Togher and Jim Lennon.
Leonard Hatrick's retirement from Labour has allowed Gavan Kierans the chance to get involved and the popular teacher will be hoping for a solid vote first time out.
The independents could be the surprise packets in this region.
Hugh D Conlon from Dunleer will prove himself to be the great comeback artist if he returns to the council after a lengthy break – but he just might.
Jim Levins is another well known face around the coast and Ardee can boast two excellent candidates with a proven record in publican Jim Tenanty and post master Michael Farrelly. Other names are hovering in the background and expect the count to run long into the night.