10 things you need to know about the election
ONLY a handful of results have come out, so here are the top 10 things you need to know from this morning's tallies.
1. Two Fianna Fail seats in Blackrock
Despite the Fianna Fail in-fighting between Mary Hanafin and Kate Feeney, both are looking at securing a seat in Blackrock
2. Outgoing Dublin Lord Mayor struggling
Outgoing Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn (Labour) in very serious trouble with the final tally in for Rathmines Rathgar.
3. Ireland's oldest mayor storms ahead despite being too sick to attend
83-year-old Ian McGarvey is on course to be re-elected and take 40pc of the vote in his home town of Ramelton, despite being too sick to attend the count.
4. Sinn Fein expected to take unprecedented four seats in Tipperary
Sinn Fein has never had a seat in South Tipperary county council and never more than one in North Tipperary, but they're set to four members in the newly merged Tipperary County Council
5. Question over seat for Taoiseach's brother
An Taoiseach's brother, Henry Kenny, is struggling to secure a seat in the Taoiseach's home town of Castlebar
6. Luke 'Ming' Flanagan heading to Europe
The TD is set to top the polls in Midlands-North-West. FG's Mairead McGuinness is heading for the second seat, with a scramble predicted for the final seat.
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7. Sinn Fein threatening upset in Dublin West by election
Sinn Fein candidate has secured an exceptionally strong vote and is narrowly behind of the Socialist Party's Ruth Coppinger after latest tallies.
8. Former Cork county mayor struggling to maintain her seat
With the East Cork final tallies coming in, it's looking like former County Mayor Barbara Murray is really struggling to retain her seat.
9. Sinn Fein to take MEP seat in Dublin
Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan is set to secure a position in Europe with strong results coming from tallies in Dublin.
10. Former FF Andrews set to win seat for SF
Chris Andrews, former Fianna Fail TD has secured a strong vote in Dublin for Sinn Fein and is likely to bring a running mate through too.