Tipperary Electoral area: early updates
Early tallies from the new all-county council count in Tipperary confirm the Labour slump, with the party on just 6pc while independents are heading the poll with 38pc.
By mid-morning, just 65 boxes across the county’s five electoral areas have been tallied - about 20pc - but if the trend they are showing is confirmed Labour will struggle to return more than a handful of members to the new Tipperary County Council.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are running neck and neck, on 23pc and 22pc respectively, while Sinn Féin’s vote is holding at 10pc.
The 38pc showing of independents includes six candidates running under the Michael Lowry banner in the Thurles-Templemore and Nenagh electoral areas and the independent TD’s machine will be hoping to at least retain the four county council seats with which they came into these elections.
An official first count isn’t expected in Thurles until about 6pm.