Wicklow latest: First count results not expected until 9pm
WICKLOW has a reputation for being one of the slowest count centres to announce results and Local Election 2014 has proved to be no different.
No count results have yet been issued with first count results not expected until after 9pm.
Going by the tallies, however, this constituency seems to be following the national trend with Independents and Sinn Fein on course to make significant gains while Labour are on course for a “shellacking” of grand proportions.
The junior coalition partner will more than likely lose all three county council seats and for the first time in memory, will have no representation in the garden county.
Independents are in contention to take eight or possibly even nine seats, with serving Cllrs like Jim Ruttle, Tommy Cullen and Christopher Fox on course to keep their seats.
Former Fianna Fail TD Joe Behan will return to public life, if the tallies prove accurate, while newcomer Jennifer Whitmore should also be joining him after a hugely impressive showing.
Fianna Fail could feasibly take nine as well but certainly Pat Fitzgerald will retain his council seat and will be joined by Pat Kennedy also from Arklow. Pat Casey should also keep his seat with a handful of new and returning candidates looking likely to be battling out for the last few seats across the five electoral areas.
John Brady and John Snell will keep their seats for Sinn Fein and could be joined by up to four other party colleagues including Mary McDonald in Arklow, Gerry O’Neill in Baltinglass and Nicola Lawless in Greystones.
Fine Gael will struggle to hold nine council seats but Sylvester Bourke, Irene Winters, Edward Timmins, Vincent Blake and Derek Mitchell should all keep their seats to limit the damage.