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Monday 22 September 2014

Donegal County: Latest updates

Greg Harkin

Published 25/05/2014 | 14:12

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FINE GAEL took a hammering at the polls across Donegal and is expected to lose two places on the local authority despite eight additional being available this time around.

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Independents and Sinn Fein look like being the big winners with both set to double their representation in Lifford when the council sits again next month with 37 councillors instead of 29; the seats added after the abolition of town councils.

The first preference vote performance of independents appeared to surprise the main political parties.

John O’Donnell, (33), whose father sat on the council until his death in a road traffic accident in 1993, was the strongest performer in the Letterkenny area.

Killybegs woman Niamh Kennedy won huge support in the Donegal electoral area, the 44-year-old’s vote boosted by her work over the past five years on the fishing village’s community forum.

Fianna Fail is expected to have 13 councillors, up two, Sinn Fein eight, up four, and independents nine, up from five.

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