The national swing against the Government looks set to be felt by Fine Gael in the Laois County Council elections.
Counting of county council votes got underway this afternoon in Portlaoise but early signs of the results have emerged from the tallies carried out during the separation of European and local council votes.
The tally reveals that a number Fine Gael seats are under threat with Fianna Fail regaining some ground. Sinn Féin’s vote looks likely to increase although they are likely to take no more than two seats on Laois County next time around.
Labour could loose a seat in Mountmellick but are in the running in Portlaoise.
Fine Gael are under pressure in all three electoral areas..
Independents have made an impact in all electoral areas and Ben Brennan is polling well while James Kelly has polled well.
There are six less council seats in the three electoral areas.