Conor McMorrow has compiled the top five candidates with the most first preference votes in the Local Election counts so far.


A brother of Cork South Central TD Michael, Seamus McGrath, has so far won the most first preferences of any local election candidate in the country (after 136 out of 166 first counts).

The outgoing councillor won 4,272 first preference votes in the Carrigaline local electoral area in Cork City Council.


The second highest vote has been garnered by Green party candidate Hazel Chu in the Pembroke local electoral area in Dublin City Council. In a phenomenal performance, Ms Chu got 4,069 first preference votes - almost double the quota of 2,051.


In keeping with the theme of the weekend, Green candidate Roderic O'Gorman topped the poll in the Castleknock local election area with 3,731 first preferences.

Mr O'Gorman who unsuccessfully contested his first local election in 2014, was elected to Fingal County Council five years ago.

Unsuccessful in three general elections and Dáil by-elections, he won the third highest vote in the country in these local elections. On the back of this Green wave, could the forthcoming general election signal sixth time lucky for him?


Another sibling of a sitting Fianna Fáil TD has come among the top five poll toppers in the country.

Eoghan O'Brien, brother of Dublin Fingal TD Darragh O'Brien, topped the poll in the Howth-Malahide area in the elections to Fingal County Council.

He won 3,561 - well above the 2,466 - to get elected in the first count.


Minister of State Finian McGrath has been predicting for some time that his special advisor Damian O'Farrell would top the poll. The disability minister was correct as O'Farrell got 3,545 first preference votes, topping the poll in the Clontarf local electoral area in the Dublin City Council election.

This top five could change as first count results have still to come in from some electoral areas