Labour will reverse the national trend with candidate, Maurice Shortall assured of heading the poll in North Kilkenny. And Sinn Fein could also win a seat in the North for the first time through Catriona Redmond, although she might just fall short with no where to get transfers.
With three quarters of the tally completed, Shortall based in Castlecomer, is well ahead of any other candidate and it could be his surplus that gives Sinn Fein the seat.
It also looks like an incredible comeback for Pat Fitzpatrick, Ballyfoyle of Fianna Fail. He is the leading FF candidate and will be elected with at least one other FF candidate, probably, Mick McCarthy, Freshford. The party has a chance of a third seat through the John McGuinness backed Pat Millea, Tullaroan. He will fight the last seat with and Sinn Fein’s Catriona Redmond.
Fine Gael will probably lose a seat. Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh and Cllr John Brennan like holding their seats at this stage but there is a caveat, the Ballyragget boxes have not yet been tallied.