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John Drennan: Sinn Fein's uphill fight to take seat despite court win

Transfers could be enough to get Labour or Fine Gael candidate elected in Donegal poll

Published 07/11/2010 | 05:00

Sinn Fein Senator Pearse Doherty, whose court action forced the Government into calling the Donegal South West by-election on November 25, may be favourite to take the seat -- but he faces an uphill struggle.

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Local figures have noted that the Sinn Fein tally in the local elections was a disappointing 6,500 votes in 2008 while there are also suggestions that Doherty's national profile has evolved at the expense of his constituency work.

Despite a national meltdown in support for Fianna Fail, its likely candidate, Brian O Domhnaill, may top the poll -- though he is not expected to take the seat. The party fared poorly in the local council elections, securing 11,500 votes, a third of the first preferences.

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