National update: FF the largest party with 37 local seats remaining

Micheál Martin with Cllr. Frank O'Flynn in Cork

Just 37 council seats around the country remain to be decided this morning, with Fianna Fáil set to become the largest party at local council level.

The party has won 257 seats so far. Independents and others are next with 229 seats. Fine Gael has 221 seats, while Sinn Féin has 153 seats.

Labour has taken the biggest hit, with just 50 seats so far in local councils around the country - half its figure from the last local elections in 2009.

Elsewhere, first official counts are expected in the South and Midlands/NorthWest constituencies at lunchtime.

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