O’Donnell in among Fianna Fáil poll leaders in Letterkenny tallies

O’Donnell in among Fianna Fáil poll leaders in Letterkenny tallies
* 22 candidates seeking ten seats

* 22 candidates seeking ten seats

With the tallies showing Fianna Fáil flexing their muscles in the Letterkenny Electoral Area, there was one independent forcing his way among them.

As expected, both Liam Blaney and Ciaran Brogan were looking good with strong tally figures, putting them in a comfortable position ahead of Sunday’s count.

But the early indicators showed that independent candidate John O’Donnell from Kilmacrennan was right in amongst them, with over 1,600 votes showing on the tallies.

By Eamonn McFadden

The youngest candidate in the field, Glenswilly footballer James Pat McDaid, seemed to have taken a significant vote and was looking good to take a seat on Donegal County Council.

Despite a low-key campaign, Kilmacrennan’s Michael McBride was thereabouts also, mostly likely securing votes from the urban areas of the constituency as well as his Kilmacrennan/Termon heartland. Interestingly McBride opted not to use posters during his campaign, a bold decision that was motivated by his concerns for the environment, and it hasn’t done him any harm.

84 years old Mayor of Donegal, independent Ian McGarvey, had tallies showing at least 1,400 voters went his way. There was a very strong turn out in Ramelton at 81%, and he looks to have seized a sizable percentage of that.

Sinn Féin duo of Gerry McMonagle and Mick Quinn both had tallies over 1,000, with McMonagle looking in a good position to elevate his town council seat for a county council one, but it remains to be seen.

In many ways it is among those who appear slightly down the tally order where most interest lies.

Dessie Shiels was just below 1,000, close to Fine Gael’s Noel McBride and Jimmy Kavanagh.

Paschal Blake and Charlie McClafferty look to close in the 600-vote mark, with Fianna Fáil’s John Watson sitting at about 500, according to tallies. Grace Boyle, Tom Crossan and David Fisher were in the low 400s, the tally showed.

Labour Party duo Christy Galligan and Siobhan McLaughlin were in the mid-300’s.

Finishing off the tally table were independent Peter Cutliffe and People Before Profit’s Billy Banda.

Tallies show

Liam Blaney (FF) 1,727

John O’Donnell (Ind) 1,695

Ciaran Brogan (FF) 1,676

Ian McGarvey (Ind) 1,411

James ‘Pat’ McDaid (FF) 1,268

Gerry McMonagle (SF) 1,160

Michael McBride (Ind) 1,111

Mick Quinn (SF) 1,048

Dessie Shiels (Ind) 949

Noel McBride (FG) 906

Jimmy Kavanagh (FG) 900

Donal Cullen (Ind) 851

Paschal Blake (Ind) 655

Charlie McClafferty (Ind) 605

John Watson (FF) 505

Tom Crossan (LRP) 431

Grace Boyle (FG) 426

David Fisher (Ind) 407

Christopher Galligan (Lab) 376

Siobhan McLaughlin (Lab) 343

Peter Cutliffe (Ind) 217

Billy Banda (PBP) 196

Counting proper gets underway at 9am on Sunday morning at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny. Carolyn Farrar and Eamonn McFadden will be there to report for the Donegal Democrat online and for the Donegal People’s Press and Donegal Democrat.

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