Council elections counting under way in Ireland

Counting is under way across Ireland following the local government elections.

There are early indications that the Green Party is enjoying a surge of support.

Leading parties Fine Gael and Fianna Fail’s vote appears to have held up while Sinn Fein and Labour seem likely to see their vote decrease, according to an RTE Red C exit poll.

Irish voters went to the polls on Friday to elect 949 council seats across 31 local authorities.

Some of the notable candidates include UFC fighter Paddy Holohan, who is running for Sinn Fein in hopes of a seat on South Dublin County Council.

Counting started at 9am on Saturday.