Fianna Fáil Cllr. Liam Blaney was the only Letterkenny Electoral Area candidate elected on the first count.
Cllr. Blaney topped the poll with 1,763 votes. His 44-vote surplus is being distributed.
Returning officer Eunan Kelly announced the results before a growing crowd of candidates, supporters and other observers at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.
Tallies had given Cllr. Blaney a strong return in the vote and earlier today the councillor said Fianna Fáil looked likely to take three seats in the 10-seater constituency.
Fianna Fáil Cllr. Ciaran Brogan finished second in the first count, with 1,698 votes, followed by independent candidate John O’Donnell, 1,692; Donegal Mayor, independent Cllr. Ian McGarvey, 1,338; Fianna Fáil’s James Pat McDaid, 1,314; Sinn Féin Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, 1,213; Donegal Deputy Mayor, independent Cllr. Michael McBride, 1,138; Sinn Féin Cllr. Mick Quinn, 1,076; independent candidate Dessie Shiels, 955; Fine Gael Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh, 896; independent candidate Donal Cullen, 883; Fine Gael Cllr. Noel McBride, 828; Letterkenny Mayor, independent Cllr. Paschal Blake, 648; independent candidate Charlie McClafferty, 607; Fianna Fáil candidate John Watson, 480; LRP Cllr Tom Crossan, 428; independent candidate David Fisher, 415; Fine Gael candidate Grace Boyle, 413; Labour candidate Christopher Galligan, 377; Labour candidate Siobhan McLaughlin, 338; independent candidate Peter Cutliffe, 218; and People Before Profit candidate Billy Banda, 183.