Inishowen tallies in advance of count

A total of 20 candidates will seek nine seats on Nenagh MDC
A total of 20 candidates will seek nine seats on Nenagh MDC

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.