Recount finished in Ratoath Tuesday 1.35 am - Fine Gael's Gillian Toole, Gerry O'Connor and Maria Murphy elected on eight count, joining Damien O'Reilly, FF; Maria O'Kane, SF and independents Nick Killian and Brian Fitzgerald. Meath council complete.
The make-up of the new Meath County Council
Sinn Fein (8)
Fine Gael (13)
Fianna Fail (10)
1.35 am Tuesday
Recount finished in Ratoath - Fine Gael's Gillian Toole, Gerry O'Connor and Maria Murphy elected on eight count, joining Damien O'Reilly, FF; Maria O'Kane, SF and independents Nick Killian and Brian Fitzgerald. Meath council complete.
A recount in the Ratoath Electoral Area will get underway at 2pm today, Monday. Three Fine Gael candidates are expected to take the last three seats to be filled there to complete the new Meath County Council.
In Trim, Ronan McKenna of Fianna Fail, and Enda Flynn and Noel French of Fine Gael were elected without reaching the quota late last night. A recount had been sought by Vera Kelly of Fianna Fail, who was four votes behind Enda Flynn.
Counting now complete in Ashbourne, Navan, Kells and Laytown/Bettystown.
Recheck in Ashbourne confirms result. Joe Bonner (Ind), Darren O'Rourke (SF), Dr Claire O'Driscoll (FF), Suzanne Jamal (FG), Alan Tobin (FG) and Sean Smith (FF) elected.
21.45 Sarah Reilly and Eugene Cassidy, both Fine Gael, elected without reaching the quota on 11th count in Kells. Outgoing Cathaoirleach, John V Farrelly loses his seat.
Full Trim area recount about to commence. Recheck of ballots in Ashbourne area from the second count to start at around 9.30pm after independent Sharon Keogan requested it.
FF's Bryan Reilly elected on 10th count in Kells area.
In Laytown-Bettystown, elected on the eighth count were Sharon Tolan (FG), Paddy Meade (FG), Stephen McKee (FF) and Tom Kelly (Ind).
Results coming thick and fast now as counts reach their end stages in some areas. In Navan, independent Wayne Forde elected after reaching the quota on the 10th count and Tommy Reilly (FF) and Jim Holloway (FG) elected without reaching the quota.
Suzanne Jamal (FG), Alan Tobin (FG) and Sean Smith (FF) all elected without reaching the quota in Ashbourne.
Full recount ordered in Trim with just a handful of votes separating FG's Enda Flynn and FF's Vera Kelly on the ninth count.
Enda Flynn (FG), Noel French (FG) and Ronan McKenna (FF) elected on the 10th count in Trim
Current state of the parties: Sinn Fein 8, Independents 7, Fianna Fail 5 and Fine Gael 1. 21 seats filled so far, 19 to go.
Shane Cassells of Fianna Fail is elected on the ninth count in Navan. Independent Paddy Pryle is eliminated.
Sinn Fein scores a perfect 100 per cent record of getting all its councillors elected as Johnny Guirke in the Kells area is elected on the ninth count.
Labour's bad day continues as former council cathaoirleach Niamh McGowan is eliminated in the Ashbourne Local Electoral Area on the ninth count, and Eoin Holmes goes out on the seventh count in Laytown-Bettystown.
After the eighth count in the Navan area, Labour candidate Anton McCabe has been eliminated. David Harford of Fine Gael has been eliminated on the eighth count in Ashbourne.
Sitting Fianna Fail councillor Oliver Fox eliminated on the eighth count in the Kells area. David Keaveney (independent) goes out on the sixth count in Laytown-Bettystown.
Footballer star Joe Sheridan, running for Fianna Fail, has been eliminated on the seventh count in Ashbourne.
Joe Fox of Fine Gael is the first of his party's new councillors elected anywhere in Meath as he takes a seat in the Trim area on the eighth count. Labour's James O'Shea eliminated.
Dermot McCullen (FG) eliminated on fifth count in Laytown/Bettystown.
More joy for Sinn Fein as Michael Gallagher is elected in the Kells Local Electoral Area on the seventh count.
Vincent McHugh of Fianna Fail has been eliminated on the seventh count in Trm.
Another seat for Sinn Fein in Navan with Sinead Burke elected on the sixth count, giving the party two Navan seats on the new council.
So far, 16 seats out of 40 have been filled on the new Meath County Council. Current state of the parties: Independents 7, Sinn Fein 5, Fianna Fail 4.
Direct Democracy Ireland candidate William Lacey is eliminated on the fourth count in Laytown-Bettystown.
Fianna Fail's Ronan Murtagh has been eliminated on the sixth count in the Kells area.
Sitting Labour Party councillor Tracey McElhinney has been eliminated on the sixth count in Trim.
Alan Lawes (People Before Profit)) eliminated on fifth count in Navan area. John King (Ind) eliminated on fifth Ashbourne count.
Fianna Fail candidate Damien O'Reilly and Sinn Fein's Maria O'Kane are both elected on the sixth count in the Ratoath area.
Dennis Proctor (Ind) and Mick Martin (Ind) both eliminated on the third count in Laytown-Bettystown.
FF's Sean Drew and independent David Gilroy both elected on the fifth count in the Kells area.
Francis Deane (Ind) elected and Stephen Ball (Ind) eliminated on the fourth count in Navan.
Trevor Golden (Ind) elected on the fifth count in the Trim area.
Fianna Fail's sitting councillor Noel Leonard eliminated on the fifth count in the Ratoath area.
Sitting Kells Town Councillor Brian Collins is eliminated following the fourth count in the Kells Local Electoral Area.
Fianna Fail's Jenny McHugh becomes the first sitting councillor to lose her seat after she is eliminated in the Navan area.
Keith Ellis (ind) eliminated on the fourth count in the Trim area.
Fianna Fail's Deirdre Smith has just been eliminated on count four in the Ratoath area.
Independent Sharon Keogan just elected on the second count in the Laytown-Bettystown area.
The third count in the Ashbourne area has resulted in the elimination of the Christian Solidarity Party's Cathal Loftus.
Third count in Kells has resulted in the elimination of FG's Aideen Andrews. Still no-one elected but FF's Sean Drew or SF's Michael Gallagher look like they will be the first elected in this area.
Current state of parties: Sinn Fein, 4 seats; Independents 3 seats; Fianna Fail 2 seats.
Second count in Navan electoral area sees independents Gerry O'Brien and Paul Hagan eliminated.
Third count in Trim completed and Dennis O'Rourke (Ind) eliminated.
Seamus McDonagh (Workers Party) eliminated on second count in Kells
Following the thrd count in Ratoath, Sean O Buachalla (GP) and James Conlan (Lab) eliminated.
Sunday 25th May
Counting of votes resumes at the Navan count centre at Johnstown.
Counting of votes at the Navan count centre has been adjourned for this evenng. It will resume at 10am in the morning.
Joe Reilly of Sinn Fein has just been elected on the first count in the Navan electoral area.
Sinn Fein's Eimear Ferguson and Fianna Fail's Wayne Harding elected on the first count in the Laytown-Bettystown area
Adjudication of spoiled votes now underway for Kells area.
Adjudication of spoiled votes now underway for Navan area.
Caroline Lynch has been elected in the Trim Local Electoral Area on the first count.
Independent Joe Bonner, Sinn Fein's Darren O'Rourke and Fianna Fail's Dr Claire O'Driscoll have all been elected on the first count in the Ashbourne Local Electoral Area.
Adjudication of spoiled votes is now underway for the Laytown-Bettystown Electoral Area.
The adjudication of spoiled votes is now taking place for the Trim Electoral Area.
The adjudication of spoiled votes is now underway in the Ashbourne Local Electoral Area.
Independents Brian Fitzgerald and Nick Killian have been elected in the Ratoath Electoral Area on the first count. Distribution of Fitzgerald's surplus will take now take place.
First count expected shortly for the Ratoath Local Electoral Area. Adjudication of spoiled votes is currently underway.
Laytown-Bettystown LEA looks like producing a poll-topping performance from Sinn Fein with Eimear Ferguson likely to be first home. Other notable performances have come from sitting FF councillor Wayne Harding and independent candidate Sharon Keogan.
A close battle is in prospect in the Kells area with Sean Drew of FF and SF's Michael Gallagher looking especially strong. Others in contention for seats at this stage include John Quirke (SF), David Gilroy (ind) and FG's Eugene Cassidy. Sitting councillors Ollie Fox (FF), Bryan Reilly (FF) and John V Farrelly could be battling to hold on.
Sinn Fein's Caroline Lynch looks set to be first home in the Trim electoral area. Also in with a solid shout of one of the six Trim seats are FG's Joe Fox, independent Trevor Golden, Enda Flynn of FG and FF's Vera Kelly and Ronan McKenna.
Joe Bonner looks likely to top poll in Ashbourne. Darren O'Rourke of Sinn Fein and Claire O'Driscoll (FF) also going well.
Independents ruling the roost in the Ratoath area, with Brian Fitzgerald topping the poll with a quota and a half. Also likely to get in on the first count will be independent Nick Killian. Maria O'Kane of SF and FG's Maria Murphy looking good.
Final tallies show SF's Joe Reilly topping the poll in Navan. SF's Sinead Burke also winning a seat, and FF's Shane Cassells and independent Francis Deane doing well.
With 10 boxes left to open at the local election count in Navan, the initial indications from the tallies are that Sinn Fein are on course to win a possible seven seats on the newly expanded Meath County Council.
In Navan, both Sinn Fein's Cllr Joe Reilly and Cllr Sinead Burke look set to take seats while the outgoing Mayor of Navan, independent Cllr Francis Deane, is also going very well.
Both Cllr John V Farrelly of Fine Gael, the outgoing cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, and Cllr Tracey McElhinney of Labour are by no means certain of retaining their seats. Similarly, Labour Cllr Niamh McGowan in the Ashbourne area looks like she is in trouble, based on initial tallies.
Independent Cllr Joe Bonner is set to top the poll in Ashbourne while another independent, Cllr Brian Fitzgerald,looks like being the poll-topper in the Ratoath area.
Star footballer Joe Sheridan, running for Fianna Fail in Ashbourne, will have his work cut out to gain a seat, according to the latest tallies.