Donegal 6th count result
A hoped for 1,00 vote transfer from Niamh Kennedy to her Killybegs neighbour Thomas Pringle didn’t happen and the 700 votes he did get may not be enough to save outgoing TD Thomas Pringle’s seat.
While he has surged ahead of Sinn Fein’s Padraig MacLochlainn, the number crunchers do believe that in two or three counts from now MacLochlainn will squeeze ahead of pringle for the last seat.
All eyes are now on the Sinn Féin vote management.
Meanwhile, fears now that most of south and south west Donegal may end up without a TD is starting to raise eyebrows. Should Pringle fail to get elected, a huge swathe of the county will have no locally based TD.
The count continues at pace in the Aura Leisure Centre with counters now rattling through Paddy Harte’s 3,244 votes which it is anticipated will fall mainly to Joe McHugh of Fine Gael.
Count 6 details
Distribution of Niamh Kennedy’s 2,059 votes
Doherty Gary SF 4,377 +43 4,420
Doherty Pearse SF 10,870 +183 11,053
Gallagher Pat the Cope +247 10,941
Harte Paddy FG 3,133 +111 3,244
Jackson Tim Ind + 282 4,034 +285 4,319
Kennedy Niamh Ind 2,057
Padraig MacLochlainn SF 5961 +47 6008
McHugh Joe FG 8,795 +170 8,965
Pringle Thomas Ind 6,689 +700 7389
Shield Dessie Ind 4,166 +122 4,288