There are six seats to be filled in the new Dundalk-Carlingford municipal area and thirteen candidates in the field.
In 2009, in the old Dundalk-Carlingford county council area, Fianna Fail’s Peter Savage once again topped the poll getting 1,643 votes and Conor Keelan took 1,026 first preferences.
The inclusion of a third candidate Sean Kelly might not be very helpful in securing the Fianna Fail vote.
Also on that occasion, Sinn Fein candidate Edel Corrigan succeeded in bringing in her running mate Jim Loughran who got 1,326 first preference votes.
He was elected on the eight count with a total of 1,572 votes.
Conor Keelan did not take a county council seat but he did win his father’s old seat in Dundalk Central in the then urban council ward. He was one of three new Fianna Fail faces on the town council.
The other two - Sean Bellew and Oliver Morgan - are now non-party.
The Green Party’s mark Dearey should do well.
Last time out he took the second seat in Dundalk Central just behind Martin Bellew.
Independent Jim Ryan polled a huge vote in Dundalk-West in 2009 and looks very comfortable.
Eamonn O’Boyle I’d not get a Fine Gael nomination and this time he is running in both Dundalk-Carlingford and Dundalk-South. He should do well.
The Fine Gael ticket this time has Martin Murnaghan, who was co-opted when Terry Brennan was made a senator, Colin Goss who comes from a strong political background, and John McGahon, grandson of Brendan who held a Dail seat for over 20 years.
It’s a young team that will prove very popular and should do well provided there is no major backlash against the Government.
Savage (FF) Corrigan (SF) Loughran (SF) Ryan (NP) McGahon 9GP) Dearey (FG).