Conor McMorrow looks at the stories and trends of the Local Elections

5pm update:

- In Dundalk, final tallies indicate that special needs parent Maeve Yore Wilkl take a seat in this seven seat LEA on Louth County Council. Ms Yore is the founder of a local community group called SNAP (Special Needs Active Parents).

-In Cork, Seat South East LEA, tally figures suggest that former Green party councillor Chris O'Leary, looks set to win a seat. Tallies put former Green party TD Dan Boyle at just under 5% of the vote.

- Wexford hurling legend and outgoing Labour councillor, Martin Storey, is facing a fight for survival in the Enniscorthy LEA. Tallies show that it will be a real changing of the guard at Wexford County Council with the Labour party likely to retain with just two seats.  

- One of the stories emerging from South Kilkenny is that Sinn Féin's Melissa O'Neill is topping the poll, according to tallies.

- In Leitrim, Fine Gael are losing at least two seats and they are being picked up by Independents and Sinn Féin are also capitalising on Fine Gael's losses so we could see a council where Sinn Féin and Independents hold the balance of power. Fine Gael previously had the majority on the council.

- Tallies point to Labour losing its only seat on Laois County Council with Sinn Féin likely to make gains.

- Former Labour councillor Cian O'Callaghan is topping the poll in Malahide, according to tallies. He is followed in second place by Eoin O'Brien, brother of Senator Daragh.

4.20pm update:

- Independent candidate Michael Kilcoyne has become the first of 949 councillors to be deemed elected. He was elected to Mayo County Council in the Castlebar LEA on the first count with 2,921 first preferences.

- Andrew McGuinness, outgoing Fianna Fáil councillor and son of TD John, is expected to top the poll in the Kilkenny City East LEA.

- It has not been all bad news for the Labour Party today, as Noel McCarthy has bucked the national trend and topped the tallies in the Fermoy electoral area with 20.8% of the vote.

- Ireland's oldest Mayor Ian McGarvey looks set to retain his seat on Donegal County Council. According to first count tally figures, Mr McGarvey is the seventh of 22 candidates in the ten-seat Letterkenny LEA.

- In Sligo, it appears that former Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Scanlon did not poll as well as expected with tallies showing him getting just 7% of the vote. This is the same share of the vote as his running mate, former Sligo GAA player Paul Taylor. The frontrunner for Fianna Fáil is Martin Baker who had to be added to the ticket after failing to get through convention. Tallies place him with 10% of the vote. Pundits are predicting that Fianna Fáil will win three of the eight seats and possibly four while the independents will take two and Fine Gael will take a minimum of two seats.

4pm update:

- In Waterford, tallies are showing a very bad result for Labour, particularly in the Comeragh area. Ger Barron, who has been elected as a Labour councillor to Waterford County Council in 1999, 2004 and 2009, looks set to lose his seat. In Tramore, there has been a huge independent vote with four independents leading the vote.

- In Cork city, Sinn Féin is set to be the big winner in the city council elections, followed by the Anti Austerity Alliance (AAA), which is going to win three seats. Marion O'Sullivan of AAA is also looking set to take a seat this area. Another AAA gain is looking very likely in Cork North Central, with Lil O'Donnell possibly joining sitting Cllr Mick Barry. One of the biggest unseatings likely is the loss of Labour's seat in Cork City North East to Sinn Féin. The party will be taking a hold in the area in the guise of first time candidate UCC student Stephen Cunningham. Long-term Cllr John Kelleher is set to be eliminated when counts get under way.

- Labour faces decimation in its Westmeath stronghold; the loss of four seats is being predicted following tallies from the two Mullingar local electoral areas. Two sitting Labour councillors look set to lose seats in the Mullingar-Kilbeggan area, a further two will go in Mullingar-Coole. It looks like Sin Féin in Mullingar town will take one of the Labour seats with a battle royale for the other. Fianna Fáil comfortably top the poll in what was, for decades, a Labour heartland. With Labour TD Willie Penrose and his brother Johnnie topping the poll in successive elections.

-  Former minister of state Ciarán Cuffe has a chance of taking a seat for the Green Party in the North Inner City local electoral area in Dublin as tallies are showing him on 7%. (It is an eight-seater so the quote will be 11%.)

- Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim has conceded that it has been a disappointing day for his party in the Sligo electoral area, where a number of sitting councillors look set to lose their seats. Deputy McLoughlin predicted that the party will take two of the ten seats in this area and will be in a battle for one more up to the end. He said that the strong performance of independent candidate Seamus O'Boyle (PBP) and Marie Casserly had "caused turmoil" and made the outcome hard to predict. Independents Declan Breen and Sinn Féin's Sean McManus are likely to be elected on the first count.

- Sinn Féin looks set to make a gain in Kilkenny where going on tallies, Kathleen Funchion is set to take a seat. The party is set to win two of the nine seats in the Tralee areas with the party's outgoing councillor Toiréasa Ferris, daughter of TD Martin Ferris, well ahead of the rest. Her running mate Pat Daly is also well poised to take a seat.

- Tallies from the Templemore-Thurles LEA in Tipperary suggest that two or three members of independent TD Michael Lowry's team will take seats.

- In keeping with the way today has been dubbed "Independents' Day", independents including The Workers and Unemployed Action Group led by TD Seamus Healy look set to dominate the Clonmel electoral area with a combined 45% of the vote.

- In the Portlaoise LEA, it appears from tallies that three sitting councillors are in danger of losing their seats. They are independent Rotimi Adebari on 5%, Fine Gael's Kathleen O'Brien on 3% and Fianna Fáil's Jerry Lodge on 6%.