The outgoing Offaly County Council had the dubious honour of being the only local authority without any female representation.  

There were two women elected last time around – Carol Nolan for Sinn Féin who was subsequently elected to the Dáil and Fianna Fáil’s Sinead Dooley who opted out of politics mid-term.

Six councillors have so far been returned to Offaly - all of them sitting male councillors. 

So how does the picture look nationally?

At this point less than a quarter of all local authority seats have been filled by women – 24% to be precise. This is a slight improvement on 2014 when 21% of seats were won by women.

Around 23% of Fine Gael’s seats are so far taken by women and 17% of Fianna Fáil’s seats. 

Of the 31 councillors so far elected for the Labour Party – 13 or more than 40% are women.  

The Social Democrats and Solidarity-People Before Profit have three women councillors each while 13 out of the 32 Green Party seats are women. The first Councillor to be elected for the new Aontú party is Sarah O’Reilly in Cavan. 

In all 563 women ran out of a total 1977 candidates across the country.