FINE GAEL have emerged as the biggest party in the Dublin area following election counts in the four local authority areas. The party has 36 seats across Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown South Dublin and Fingal, compared while Fianna Fáil who finished with 34.
The four councils have a total of 183 elected members. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil were equal going into the election with 29 seats each on the four councils.
Sinn Féin had been the single biggest party in Dublin with 32 seats but they lost 14 to bring their tally down to 18, a loss of over 40%.
Solidarity/People Before Profit also incurred losses, dropping from 12 to eight seats.
The Greens Party were the biggest winners, getting a total of 25 seats – a threefold increase on the eight seats they had previously.
The Social Democrats have more than doubled their representation from four to nine seats, while the number of Independents has dropped from 41 to 29.
Labour increased by one seat to 22.
The Workers’ Party lost their only representative on Dublin City Council as Éilis Ryan lost out in the North Inner City ward.
Fianna Fáil has become the largest single party on Dublin City Council for the first time since the elections of 1999, with 11 out of 63 seats.
All 949 seats up for grabs in the local elections nation-wide have been filled.
The so called ‘green wave’ that saw the Green Party claim 49 council seats and 5.5% of all first preference votes this time round. The party increased their first preference votes by 3.9% and claimed 37 seats more than in 2014 in the local elections.