General Election 2016: Second day of counting underway in Donegal constituency

Outgoing TD Padraig MacLochlainn is facing a battle for the final seat in the Donegal constituency.
Outgoing TD Padraig MacLochlainn is facing a battle for the final seat in the Donegal constituency.

Sinn Fein’s Padraig MacLochlainn, who is in a battle for the last seat in the Donegal constituency with Independent candidate Thomas Pringle, has said ‘win or lose,’ he’ll work harder then ever for the people of Donegal.

The second day of counting got underway in Letterkenny on Sunday morning. It began with a re-check of the votes of Sinn Fein candidates Gary Doherty, Pearse Doherty and Independent candidate Dessie Shiels. Sinn Fein asked for a re-check in the early hours of Sunday morning following the elimination of Gary Doherty on the seventh count. There are just seven votes between Mr Doherty and Dessie Shiels.

Day two of counting in the Donegal constituency began on Sunday morning.

Day two of counting in the Donegal constituency began on Sunday morning.

The only candidate elected by Sunday morning, following a long day in Letterkenny on Saturday, was Fianna Fail candidate Charlie McConalogue, who topped the poll.

It is expected that Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty will be elected next, followed by Fianna Fail’s Pat the Cope Gallagher and Fine Gael’s Joe McHugh. The final seat is expected to be a battle between Padraig MacLochlainn and Thomas Pringle.

You can keep updated with what’s happening at the count on the Derry Journal twitter page @derryjournal