The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has moved to clear up the confusion around the possibility of two election counts taking place in the Dublin and Ireland South constituencies in next month's local elections.

Speaking in the Dáil, Eoghan Murphy has confirmed that there will be one count in each constituency despite the complications that have arisen as a result of the UK remaining in the EU until after the elections.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin had pointed out that due to Brexit, Ireland has been allocated two extra seats in the European Parliament.

He explained: "As the UK will not now be leaving by the time of the European elections, Ireland South will immediately be returning four seats and Dublin three seats; the fifth candidate in Ireland South and the fourth in Dublin, will in effect go into a limbo."

He recalled that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar indicated last Friday that due to Brexit uncertainty and the reality that the UK will contest the European Elections, that two separate counts may happen in each constituency.

Mr Howlin said: "Take Dublin for example, an initial count for three seats with a quota of 25% plus one; and another count carried out with a quota of 20% one for the four seats with the final elected candidate in that eventuality sitting in a reserve seat."

He asked if the Taoiseach was accurate when he put forward the idea of a "double count"?

Minister Murphy said that there will be one count in Dublin for the four seats and one count in Ireland South for the five seats.

He said that if the UK participates and sends MEPs to the European Parliament then the fourth person in Dublin and the fifth person in the South will not be taking their seats until the UK has left the EU and those MEPs have left the parliament.