Ó Domhnaill looks to top Glenties poll

Cllr Seamus O'Domhnaill.

Cllr Seamus O'Domhnaill.

As predicted, Fianna Fáil’s Séamus Ó Domhnaill is poised to take the first seat in the Glenties Electoral Area, with tally figures showing him at 1,885 as the tally for the area came to an end Saturday evening.

By Michelle Nic Phaidin

The people of Gort a’Choirce, Ceathrú Ceannain and Caiseal na gCorr ensured that Ó Domhnaill would take the first seat, with him garnering a huge amount of support from his own heartland. Surrounded by close family members, the full-time councillor left the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny in an exceptionally positive mood, knowing that he’s poised to be the first to take a seat at the count at the Highland Hotel in Glenties tomorrow. He took his seat as an independent in 2009 with 2,011 first preferences.

Fianna Fáil fared well in the Glenties Electoral Area. A four-candidate strategy may have proven to be a success with tally figures showing that Enda Bonner is poised to regain his council seat this term around. The former Senator was delighted to see his tally figures indicating that he will poll well tomorrow, taking the third of fourth seat tomorrow evening. Tally figures showed the 64-year-old at 1,206 yesterday evening. He lost his seat in 2009.

Sinn Féin also came out in force in the GEA. Tally figures showed Marie Therese Gallagher gathering votes across the board from early morning. The full-time councillor looks set to take the second seat and spend another term in the Glenties area.

One of the newcomers to the scene this year will be John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh. The Cnoc Fola-based Sinn Féin candidate failed to get elected in 2009 but this year it seems that his hard work has paid off, as tally figures show him in with a chance to take the third seat.

Tally figures showed him garner an outstanding vote in his own area of Cnoc Fola and gain votes in Bunbeg, Derrybeg, Dunlewey, Luinneach and Aranmore Island.

Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, Ian Molloy and Terence Slowey may well battle it out for the final two seats, with transfers playing a critical role in dictating who gets elected.

Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig’s tally figures showed him getting huge support from the Annagry and Rannafast area. The tally figures at the end of the day showed Mac Giolla Easbuig at 1,060.

Tally figures showed very little difference between Fianna Fáil’s Ian ‘Brick’ Molloy and Fine Gael’s Terence Slowey.

Slowey’s tally figures showed him at 904, with Molloy at 880. Should Molloy be elected, the GEA would see Fianna Fáil holding 50 per cent at the Glenties table while Sinn Féin would hold 40 per cent.

Independent Councillor Pádraig Doherty may very well be trouble, with tally figures showing him at 654. However, tomorrow will see transfers and surplus change the initial face of the tally figures as the count begins in earnest.

Non-party candidate Michael McClafferty was himself delighted to see that he is set to poll well first time around, tallying at 726 at the end of the day. He and Labour Party’s Séamus Rodgers are still in with a shout, with Rodgers tallying at 825.

The quota is expected to be around 2,100.

Tally figures vary according to source though they reflect similar trends. These are the tally figures we have foir Glenties Electoral Area:

Seamus Ó Domhnaill (FF) 1,885

Marie Therese Gallagher (SF) 1,708

John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh (SF) 1,225

Enda Bonner (FF) 1,206

Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig (Ind) 1,060

Terence Slowey (FG) 904

Ian Molloy (FF) 880

Seamus Rodgers (Lab) 825

Michael McClafferty (Ind) 726

Pádraig Doherty (Ind) 654

Brian Carr (Ind) 544

Hughie Mac Giolla Bhride (FF) 527

John Curran (FG) 494

Joe McCarron (DDI) 129

*Counting proper for the Glenties Electoral Area starts tomorrow morning at 9am at the Highlands Hotel in Glenties. Michelle Nic Phaidin will report online and for the Donegal Democrat/Donegal People’s Press.


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