Conor McMorrow looks at the stories and trends of the local elections

Former junior minister Sean Haughey of Fianna Fáil is doing well in the Clontarf LEA.

With 25% of boxes opened, Haughey is on 16% of the vote. Independent Councillor Damian O'Farrell, who is endorsed by the independent TD Finian McGrath is also on 16% of the vote.

In the last general election the Labour party won two seats in the three-seat Dublin North West constituency but early indications from the Ballymun LEA show that the Labour party is on 8% share of the vote while Sinn Fein is on 39%.

Early tallies from Castleknock LEA show that the party is on 8%t of the vote and on 6% in the Mulhuddart LEA.

Sinn Féin's Eoin O'Broin is set to top the poll in the Clondalkin LEA - with all boxes opened he is on 21% of the vote.

Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan may not get elected as he is on 7%, according to the complete tally from the area.

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said Sinn Féin will more than 100 seats in the local elections and will have "a rake of new councillors" in Dublin city.

Tallies show Fianna Fáil could possibly take two seats in the Blackrock ward of Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown following the controversy between their two candidates Former Fianna Fáil Minister Mary Hanafin and Kate Keeney.

Ms Hanafin says tallies for the Blackrock ward are indicating both herself and her party colleague Kate Feeney will be elected to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council.

Speaking on RTÉ's election programme, she said although they carry the normal health warnings, they are promising a good day in Blackrock for Fianna Fáil

Sinn Féin appears to be set to make a breakthroughs in Galway and Offaly.

With over 70% of boxes opened, Sinn Féin's Mairead Farrell is on 11%.

The 24-year-old first timer is the niece of Mairead Farrell, one of three members of an IRA unit killed by the SAS in Gibraltar in 1988.

If successful the NUI Galway graduate will become Sinn Féin's first member of the City Council since 2004.

Sinn Féin is expected to make an historic breakthrough in Offaly by winning two of the 19 council seats. Brendan Killeavy, who narrowly missed out on a seat in 2009, is expected to win a seat in the Tullamore Electoral Area and Martin O'Reilly is in line to win one in the Edenderry Electoral Area.

If early trends in the tallies are correct, Killeavy will gain a seat at the expense of Independents and O'Reilly will win a seat from Fine Gael.

In Mayo, where Fine Gael won three seats in the last general election, a cross party tally on all 56 boxes in Castlebar electoral area puts the Fine Gael share of the vote at 33%, Independents at 28% and Fianna Fáil at 27%.

Sinn Féin has 9%, with Labour on 3%.

"Team Lowry" are doing well in Tipperary, according to tallies.

Independents are out in front in the Nenagh area on 36% being lead predominantly by candidates loyal to Michael Lowry TD with John Rocky McGrath and Michael O’Meara polling well.

Lowry loyalists are also polling well in the Templemore Thurles area with independents there on 43% including Michael Lowry's son Michael Lowry Jr and Eddie Moran both outgoing councillors, Willie Kennedy and Evelyn Nevin.

Former Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews appears to be in a good position to win a Dublin City Council seat for Sinn Féin. With 85% of boxes tallied in the Pembroke South Dock LEA, Andrews is on 16% of the vote.