Fianna Fail have topped the tallies in four out of five Kildare municipal district local election results.
Counts are currently underway in the Punchestown count centre in Naas, and it is not expected that a full result will be known for Kildare’s new 40-seater council until late tomorrow.
First-time Fianna Fail candidate James Lawless topped the tally in Naas, while long-standing councillors Fiona O’Loughlin and Suzanne Doyle came first and second, respectively, in the tallies in Kildare/Newbridge.
Frank O’Rourke for Fianna Fail topped the tally in Celbridge while Brendan Weld for Fine Gael came first in Maynooth.
The other emerging success story has been the success of Sinn Fein. Ide Cusses in Celbridge, Mark Lynch in Newbridge, Sorcha O’Neill in Naas and Reada Cronin in Maynooth all polled strongly. The ex-Labour turned Sinn Fein candiates, Damien Molyneux in Newbridge and Thomas Redmond in Athy are still expected to be in the hunt for seats, as is Ger Dunne in Athy.
However, some sitting candidates can expect to see falls in their vote, according to the tally.
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