Counting for the local elections is complete in Westmeath and Leitrim
Counting is continuing nationwide in the local elections with 396 of the 949 seats filled so far.
Westmeath County Council and Leitrim County Council are the only councils which have completed their counts.
Independents and Others hold 104 seats having received the highest overall first preference vote of 28.4%.
Fianna Fáil hold 99 seats so far, with a first preference vote of 24.4%.
Sinn Féin at present hold 95 seats nationwide, having received 16.1% of first preference votes.
Both Government parties are behind in the polls so far, with Fine Gael holding 78 seats and Labour with 20.
Fine Gael received the third-highest first preference vote of 23.5%, while Labour received 7.6% of first-preferences.
Turnout nationally stood at 50.8%.
Taoiseach describes result as ‘vote of anger’
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described today’s election result as a “vote of frustration” and a “vote of anger”.
Speaking on RTÉ News Mr Kenny said that the election result was the people telling the Government that they needed to do better.
He said that the Coalition had to reflect and deal with the fears of older people, those with medical difficulties and of hard pressed tax payers.
Mr Kenny also said that the result was difficult for Eamon Gilmore and the Labour party.
Gilmore to continue as Labour leader
Mr Gilmore said that there is no question about his leadership of following the poor results experienced by the party.
Labour has lost heavily in the local elections and also looks to be in danger of losing all of its European Parliament seats.
He said the people of the country had sent a very loud and clear message to the Government and to the Labour party.
He said it was clear that while people understood the need to stabilise the country’s finances, they felt squeezed in their household budgets and wanted the Government to do better.
Mr Gilmore said the smaller party in Government generally suffers more in these situations.
Adams welcomes results
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has welcomed the result, saying this party would ‘use its mandate wisely’.
Speaking to RTÉ News Mr Adams said that Sinn Féin wants to change the way politics works and added that the party did not want to be in Government ‘just for the sake of it’ and would only enter Government if it had a mandate to do so.
Martin not concerned by Sinn Féin growth
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that he is not concerned about the growth in support for Sinn Féin as he said that Fianna Fáil was on a different trajectory and in a ‘different space’ to Sinn Féin.
He also rejected suggestions that he would be looking over his shoulder for the next two years at what Sinn Féin would be doing.
Mr Martin said Fianna Fáil would be looking ahead themselves and would focus on their own objectives.
Local election round-up
At least three mayor’s have lost their seats so far – Mayor of Clare Joe Arkins, of Fine Gael, and Lord Mayor of Cork Catherine Clancy of Labour.
Cork County Mayor Noel O’Connor of Fine Gael was also not re-elected.
Three former TD’s have had successful local elections campaigns so far, with Mary Hanafin and Charlie O’Connor of Fianna Fáil and Chris Andrews of Sinn Féin all being elected.
19 former TD’s contested the election and a number of these look likely to also take seats,
Elsewhere, Independent candidate Margaret Gormley has topped the poll in Ballymote-Tubercurry, maintaining her record of topping every poll since 1991.
A number of parties have also seen fresh blood emerge, with 21-year-old Stephen Cunningham of Sinn Féin and 23-year-old Fintan Phelan of Fianna Fáil among the youngest candidates to be elected.
Former Mayor of Naas re-elected
Controversial former Mayor of Naas Darren Scully has also been re-elected.
Mr Scully lost the Fine Gael party whip after he made racist remarks about constituents in November 2011.
Speaking on local radio he said that he would no longer represent ”black Africans” in his community because of ”aggression” he received when dealing with them.
Mr Scully was restored to the party in November 2013 and tonight was elected on the fifth count in the Naas Electoral Area.