Green Party has four seats in their sights in Cork city

Green Party has four seats in their sights in Cork city
Sorting out the election ballot papers at the Count Centre in Nemo Rangers GAA Sports Centre. Picture: Howard Crowdy

THE green wave has hit Cork's southside, with three seats for the Green Party, according to final tallies from Nemo Rangers GAA Club.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin's Chris O'Leary is trouble, Fine Gael is set to increase its seats, and Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil are fighting for the last in South-Central.

THe Cork southside tallies.
THe Cork southside tallies.

Dan Boyle in South-Central, Lorna Bogue in South-East, and Collette Finn in South-West are all safe to take seats - a clean sweep for the the Green Party's southside ticket.

With Oliver Moran set to take a seat in North-East, the party will jump from zero to four in the Council Chamber.

Fianna Fáil look set to keep two in South-East, with county councillor Mary Rose Desmond pulling just ahead of city councillor Terry Shannon.

2014 poll-topper Kieran McCarthy is safe too, but Fine Gael's Des Cahill will top the poll this time.

His running mate, county councillor Deirdre Forde is well ahead of Sinn Féin's Chris O'Leary, but transfers will make all the difference, particularly those of Labour's Peter Horgan.

In South Central, Lord Mayor Mick Finn will top the poll again, but his fellow independent Paudie Dineen is set to be knocked out.

Fine Gael's Shane O'Callaghan, who narrowly missed out on a County Council seat in 2014, will win back a seat for his party.

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are both guaranteed a seat each, but the final one will come down between them.

Based on transfers, Sinn Féin city councillor Fiona Kerin is likely to be safe, as is Seán Martin of Fianna Fáil.

That leaves Fianna Fáil's David Boyle, a former independent county councillor, and Sinn Féin county councillor Eoghan Jeffers, co-opted to replace Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire in 2016, polling within a few votes of each other to fight it out for the last seat.

South-West is likely to have the longest count and transfers will mean everything for the final seats.

Fine Gael Derry Canty will top the poll, the only incumbent county councillor to do so.

He'll be followed by Fianna Fáil's Cllr Fergal Dennehy, and Ms Finn of the Greens.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael both look set to win a second seat here, with Colm Kelleher and Garrett Kelleher respectively polling well in Ballincollig.

However, transfers could change things, with Sineád Ronan and Cllr PJ Hourican of Fine Gael polling neck-a-neck on first preference on the city side and likely to transfer well to each other.

Independent Cllr Thomas Moloney will keep his seat, while Sinn Féin Cllr Henry Cremin should hold his upon the elimination of running mate Eolan Ryng.

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