Sorting of votes in the Letterkenny Aura Leisure Centre
Tallies show Fianna Fáil’s outgoing councillor Paul Canning is set to top the poll in the Buncrana local electoral area.
The first boxes have been tallied in the five-seat LEA and already a potential casualty of the local elections has been identified.
Fine Gael outgoing county councilor Mickey Doherty is in a battle to keep his seat with just 6.3%.
Paul Canning and his party colleague Rena Donaghey look set to cross the line first. Jack Murray (SF) is on 16.9% and Buncrana-based independent Nicholas Crossan also looks set to retain his seat with 14%. Sinn Fein will be hopeful of a second seat with first-time candidate Terry Crossan on 9.5%.
Cllr Doherty’s running mate Michelle McKenna has just polled under 4% of first preferences.
The splitting of Inishowen into two local electoral areas had looked like it could cause difficulties for Cllr Doherty who lost his seat in 2014 but was co-opted to replace John Ryan who stepped down last year.
The Quigley’s Point-based candidate lost much of his natural hinterland to the Carndonagh LEA under the redrawing of the boundaries.
Initial tallies from the Carndonagh LEA also show strong showings From Martin McDermott (FF), Albert Doherty (SF) and Martin Farren (Lab).
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Live editorial team any time. To contact Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press, email firstname.lastname@example.org To contact Donegal Post, email email@example.com To contact Inish Times, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.