Final election tallies for the Inishowen electoral area show strong support for Fianna Fáil and Sinn Fein, with Fine Gael taking a hit.
While the official count doesn’t begun until tomorrow morning, Fianna Fail’s Martin McDermott will be confident of a seat, gaining the highest number of first preferences, according to the tallies.
Long-serving Fine Gael councillor Bernard McGuinness polled well, but his party colleagues Michael Doherty and John Ryan will be worried.
Sinn Fein’s Albert Doherty proved popular with voters, as did Jack Murray and independent candidate Nicholas Crossan.
Other independent candidates didn’t fare as well, however, with the majority of them now seemingly out of the running.
Sole Labour candidate Martin Farren, also polled well, especially in his home town of Moville and nearby Greencastle.
Sinn Fein’s Ciaran McLaughlin and Fine Gael’s John Ryan could well battle it out for the final seat in Inishowen.
But, with official counting still to take place and geographical and transfer factors to take into account, it’s still all to play for.
Turnout was 50.9% and the final tally figures in Inishowen are:
Paul Canning, Fianna Fáil: 1,237
Nicholas Crossan, Indep 1,259
Albert Doherty, Sinn Fein 1,390
Mickey Doherty, Fine Gael 602
Rena Donaghey, Fianna Fáil 1,099
Martin Farren, Labour 1,017
Paul Ferguson, Indep 89
Eilis Haden, Indep 100
Patrick McCarroll, Indep 529
Mary McCauley, Fianna Fáil 516
Martin McDermott, Fianna Fáil 1,986
Bernard McGuinness, Fine Gael 1,122
Ciaran McLaughlin, Sinn Fein 983
Peter McLaughlin, Fine Gael, 381
Joe Murphy, Indep 574
Jack Murray, Sinn Fein, 1456
John Ryan 935
Ryan Stewart, Indep, 317
In the European elections, Matt Carty polled well in Inishowen, gaining the highest numbers of first preferences.