With the council elections in Laois and Offaly now behind us, how do the parties stand in this constituency. In 2007 Fianna Fail won three seats with ease and were probably closer to winning a fourth than they were to losing a seat. Fine Gael regained their seat, helped largely by the implosion in the Parlon vote. With a chunk of south-west Offaly now moved into Tipperary North, could this have a bearing on the result? Will the local election results have any impact on the next general election, or will it just be more of the same?