The local elections are the ground floor for national politics.

For Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin there has been good news as he had retained the party’s mantle as the largest player in councils.

For Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald the news as been mixed as the party has shed seats.

The latest Your Politics Podcast is available here on iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud.

The podcast is hosted by David Murphy who is joined by political reporters Conor McMorrow and Mary Regan.

They look at political dynasties, spin doctors who become councillors and two fighters who hope to join councils.