Liam Blaney elected on first count in Letterkenny

Liam Blaney elected on first count in Letterkenny
Fianna Fáil Cllr. Liam Blaney was the only Letterkenny Electoral Area candidate elected on the first count.

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.