Sinn Féin in trouble on Cork's northside 

Sinn Féin in trouble on Cork's northside 
Going through the early Tally figures at the Local Election Count in Nemo Rangers GAA Sports Centre were Angela O'Leary, Cllr Mick Nugent and Cllr Chris O'Leary. Picture: Howard Crowdy

FINAL tallies for Cork's northside predict that Fianna Fáil will top the poll in both wards, with gains for Fine Gael, Labour, the Greens and a big loss for Sinn Féin.

Having moved from North-West to North-East due to boundary changes, Cllr Mick Nugent now looks set to lose his seat, with Sinn Féin only able to muster up 7% of the vote between him and Mandy O'Leary-Hegarty.

That's a huge drop for the party, after outgoing councillor Stephen Cunningham topped the poll here in 2014 and Cllr Thomas Gould topped the poll in the North-Central ward, half of which was merged into North-East.

The final tallies for both Cork northside wards.
The final tallies for both Cork northside wards.

Cllr Kenneth O'Flynn is set to top the poll, coming in around a quota on the first count in his first run in this ward.

His running mate 28-year veteran Cllr Tim Brosnan hasn't secured a seat yet, but transfers from Fianna Fáil's third candidate, Martin Dorgan, could save him as he battles for the final seat with Fine Gael and the left.

Both John Maher of the Labour Party and Oliver Moran of the Greens are likely to take seats here, while independent county councillor Ger Keohane will be making a move from County Hall to City Fine Gael Cllr Joe Kavanagh's seat is secure, but his running mate, Glanmire-based Lorraine O'Neill, is in trouble but still competitive.

The radical vote here is split three ways between Workers' Party councillor Ted Tynan, Solidarity's Carol Brogan, and independent Noreen Murphy, but there is enough between them for a seat if they can transfer to each other.

In North-East, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald is set to top the poll with about a quota, with his Fianna Fáil running mate, Cllr John Sheehan looking safe a few points behind him.

Sinn Féin has stayed strong here, with Cllr Kenneth Collins safe and Cllr Thomas Gould set to successfully transfer from the old North-Central ward.

Fine Gael will only muster one seat here, but that's one more than last time, with Damien Boylan well ahead of his running mate, Julie O'Leary.

Ms O'Leary will be in contention for the last seat, but will have to get through Cllr Fiona Ryan of Solidarity first.

That looks unlikely with Ms Ryan, who was co-opted into Mick Barry's seat in 2016, ahead on first preferences and looking more transfer friendly with the field of anti-establishment small parties and independents to be eliminated.

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