Sinn Féin candidate Matt Carthy is going well in the Donegal boxes that have been seen so far at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.
It’s accepted that the veteran Pat the Cope Gallagher needs to do particularly well in his native Donegal to retain his European seat.
By Michael Daly
Inishowen tally figures, with 30 per cent of the boxes open, suggest that Carthy is matching Cope Gallagher at the very least - but it should be stressed these are tally figures only.
However, in response to questions from Highland Radio’s Greg Hughes at 10.15 am, veteran former county councillor David Alcorn was critical of his party’s decision to run two candidates in the Midlands/North West: “I think Fianna Fáil at headquarters for some reason thought they had a chance of getting two seats. Anyone who has been on the road like I have for the past five years, knew that would be wrong. It was always going to be that there was one seat for Fianna Fáil. If you have a good candidate, leave the good candidate where he is. Nobody could have worked as hard or as diligently as Pat the Cope. I hope he gets recognised for that.”
However, Alcorn concluded in more upbeat mood: “I wouldn’t like at this early stage to be saying slán to Pat the Cope.” - David Alcorn.
Donegal man Sean Gallagher, working as an analyst for RTÉ said Fianna Fáil could be in “dangerous territory” with their strategy of running two candidates, Thomas Byrne and Pat the Cope Gallagher. Analyst Gallagher reminded RTÉ listeners how that strategy in the general election in Donegal had backfired.
Gallagher added that he expected one Fianna Fáil candidate would make it, but he wasn’t at this stage sure if that would be Gallagher or Byrne.
Meanwhile in Sligo town independent candidate Marian Harkin is reported to be doing well, while Luke Ming Flanagan is also reported to be taking a strong vote across the constituency.