Sinn Féin’s surge in Donegal is continuing with the party set to see its two candidates elected on the first count.
According to the final tally figures, Pearse Doherty will romp home with around 27% of the first preference vote - in line with the TG4 poll.
Tally figures show him on 20,909 - one of the highest figures in the country, and well above the 12,866 quota.
His running mate, Sen. Padraig MacLochlainn is also set to be elected on the first count. His tally figure shows a total of 13,804 first preference votes.
After that, Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue looks well placed to retain his seat having 8,322 votes.
Fine Gael’s Joe McHugh, the Minister for Education, is on 7,613 while long serving TD Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher is next on 7,523.
Based on these figures, seasoned political observers are suggesting that there will be a Sinn Féin gain in Donegal at the expense of Independent Thomas Pringle.
Pringle is currently sixth in terms of first preference votes, according to the tally figures.
He is on 5,459, around 2,000 votes behind Gallagher and McHugh.
Independent John O’Donnell is seventh on 4,761 - but looks to have too much to make up.
However, transfers will still be hugely important.
One of the big variables still will be how the surplus of Doherty’s vote will go.
Geographical factors will also come into play.
Final Tally Figures
Casey, Peter 546
Doherty, Pearse 20,909
Gallagher, Pat ‘the Cope’ 7,523
Harley, Martin 3,034
MacLochlainn, Padraig 13,804
McConalogue, Charlie 8,322
McConnell, Niall 565
McGuinness, Arthur 61
McHugh, Joe 7,613
O’Donnell, John 4,741
Pringle, Thomas 5,459
Sweeney, Mary T. 2,373
White, Michael 1,646
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