Four candidates eliminated in Cavan-Belturbet

Still only two elected in MD. Six in for last four seats.

Independent Brendan Fay's surplus of 196 votes was not enough to get anyone elected in Count 3 and so four candidates have now been eliminated- Liam van der Spek's (365), Aontú's Tinko Tinev (244), the Green Party's Kevin Murphy (109) and Independent Susuana Komolafe (75).

Fay (1627) and Fianna Fáil's Áine Smith (1,763), daughter of the late sitting councillor Séan Smith, and niece to Brendan Smith TD, were elected in Count 1. The quota was 1,431.

Fay's surplus mainly stuck to West Cavan candidates, with Sinn Féin's Damien Brady benefiting from 45, getting him to 1,133; 35 for John Paul Feeley (1,194); and Peter McVitty (+32 1,080).

Those who remain within touching distance are Fine Gael's Niamh Brady (+20 1,070), Fianna Fáil's Patricia Walsh (+12 1,006), and Michael 'Bricker' Wall (+16 872).

Brady (FG) hopes to make gains with the elimination of van der Spek. Standing in her mother Madeleine's place, who retired at the end of the last council term after almost 25 years service, van der Spek transferred strongly in that direction in 2019.