Wednesday 13 December 2017

Donegal: Count to begin tomorrow

Greg Harkin

DONEGAL is the only county in the country which didn't begin its count today.

Instead ballot boxes from all five electoral areas were sorted at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny,

Ballot papers were taken to count centres in Buncrana, Glenties, Donegal Town and Stranorlar last night for the count proper today as is tradition in the county.

Letterkenny votes remained at the leisure centre in the town for counting tomorrow.

Tallies however show gains for Sinn Fein and independents, with Fianna Fail holding its own.

However Fine Gael has been struggling and may lose four seats to Sinn Fein and independents.

The shock from the tallies was the success of independent John O'Donnell in the Letterkenny area, with 1,695 votes according to tallies, second behind poll topper Liam Blaney from the Blaney Fianna Fail political dynasty.

Glenswilly gaelic footballer James Pat McDaid and party colleague Ciaran Brogan also polled well with both expected to be elected on the first or second counts today.

But the story in Donegal appears to be the continued success of Sinn Fein who believe they will triple their councillors in Inishowen from one to three.

Independent Frank McBrearty is also expected to retain his seat after a strong vote in his Raphoe base.

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