Verification of ballots in the Letterkenny Electoral Area was continuing after 4.30pm today.
Observers said tally figures suggested that while up to four seats could likely be predicted, five or six of the 10 electoral area seats were up for grabs, with transfers expected to tell the story.
Crowds are growing at the Aura Leisure Centre, where expectations of a mid-afternoon first count announcement has come and gone, but no announcement has been made.
Tally figures for the Letterkenny area showed Fianna Fáil Cllrs. Liam Blaney and Ciaran Brogan appearing to lead the 22-candidate field, as expected, and also showed independent candidate John O’Donnell from Kilmacrennan in amongst them.
Cllr. Blaney said it looked good for Fianna Fáil to take three seats. Glenswilly footballer James Pat McDaid, Fianna Faíl candidate, also appeared to have taken a significant vote, according to the tallies. Outgoing Fianna Fáil Cllr. Dessie Larkin did not contest this year’s local election.
James Pat McDaid said his tallies exceeded expectations. He said his target vote was 1,000, but tallies put him at closer to 1,300.
“I’m very happy with the support and encouragement,” he said, adding that his campaign received particular support from young people.
Sinn Féin Cllr. Gerry McMonagle said his party were hoping to take two seats in the Letterkenny area and tallies for himself and his party colleague, Cllr Mick Quinn, suggested that they will.
However, Cllr. McMonagle said, “Transfers will tell us.”
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