Number of seats: 5
John Browne (FF), Paul Keogh (FG) and Brendan Howling (Lab) seem secure. Liam Twomey (FG) elected as an Independent in 2002 should be ok for Fine Gael, although he faces a challenge from Michael D'Arcy (FG).
Prediction: FF 2; FG 2; Lab 1.
Best candidate: Brendan Howlin (Lab)
Weakest link: Liam Twomey (FG)
In the long grass: Michael D'Arcy (FG).