The first count for the Castlebar LEA is less than an hour away with three candidates expected to be left battling it out for the last two seats.
Independent candidate Michael Kilcoyne looks set to top the poll on 19% of the vote. He’s 800 votes ahead of his nearest competitor Blackie Gavin (FF) with a tally of 2,560 compared to Gavin’s 1,732.
At the other end of the list are Fine Gael duo Donna Sheridan and Eugene McCormack and Fianna Fáil’s Martin McLoughlin. According to the tallies McLoughlin is ahead with 6.7% of the vote compared to Sheridan’s 5.7% and McCormack’s 5.2%.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael looks certain to take too seats each and could finish up with three apiece depending on transfers for the final two seats. Gavin and Al McDonnell have both increased their votes from last time out while Ger Deere and Cyril Burke have polled well for Fine Gael.