Only six of the 949 council seats available remain to be filled in the local authority elections.

Fianna Fáil have made significant gains in the election and now hold 266 seats across the country, having received 25.3% of first preference votes.

Independents and Others make up the next largest grouping, holding 237 council seats following a first preference vote of 28.3%.

Fine Gael support is down by more than a third since the General Election, with the party currently holding 232 seats.

Sinn Féin has experienced considerable growth and now holds 157 seats and is the largest party on the Dublin City and South Dublin Councils.

Labour has experienced a collapse in support to 7%, holding just 51 seats nationwide. 

Turnout nationally stood at 51.6%.