Fianna Fáil’s Séamus Ó’Domhnaill has been elected following the first count at Glenties Electoral Area (GEA) count.
It came as no surprise that the Gortahork man was over the quota by 46 votes with 1,889 votes. The quota stands at 1843.
There were cries of jubilation and joy from the Fianna Fáil when he was elected at the HIghland’s Hotel in Glenties.
Ó’Domhnaill ran as an independent in 2009 and topped the polls, garnering 2,011 first preference votes. His brother Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill also topped the polls in 2004.
Séamus Ó Domhnaill said:”I am delighted that the people of the area voted me in. I am both humbled and delighted. I would like to thank the people who came out and voted for me. It’s such a strong vote of confidence.”
He added that he and his brother have been working in the Gortahork/Falcarragh area for many years. “Myself and Brian work together as a team and we do everything that we can to ensure that we improve people’s lives as best as we can.”
Ó’Domhnaill’s election was accompanied by the elimination of Joe McCarron of Direct Democracy Ireland.
McCarron was not present and his 146 votes were then distributed.
The next count is expected to see Maire Therese Gallagher of Sinn Féin elected. The Dungloe based councillor is sitting at 1792 and her running colleague, John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh is also gathering ground, sitting at 1,730.
Fianna Fáil’s Enda Bonner is polling at 1266, Brian Carr an independent from Glenties is sitting at 555, Fine Gael’s John Curran is polling at 504, Padraig Doherty (Ind) at 661, Hughie MacGiolla Bhride (FF) at 548, Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuic (Ind) at 1,118, Micheal Mc Clafferty (ind) 726, Ian Molloy (FF) 901, Seamus Rodgers (lab) 762 and Terence Slowey (FG) 931.