No candidate made the quota in the first count for the Donegal Local Electoral Area.
The results were announced at 4.20pm in the St John Bosco Centre, Donegal Town.
As predicted in all the tallies, Independent Niamh Kennedy topped the poll, with 1,738 votes.
FF’s Sean McEniff was next on 1,642 and Ind. Tom Conaghan third on 1,580.
The total electorate was 22,050 and the number of ballots cast 14,013. With 132 spoilt votes, the the number of valid ballots was 13,881.
Independent candidate Patricia McCafferty was excluded,with just 27 votes which will now be transferred.
The full count was as follows:
Boyle, John Fine Gael 887
Byrne, Brendan Fianna Fáil 1,096
Campbell, John Non-Party 1,219
Conaghan, Tom Non-Party 1,580
Jordan, Noel Andrew Sinn Féin 1,088
Kennedy, Jonathan Non-Party 376
Kennedy, Niamh Non-Party 1,738
McCafferty, Patricia Non-Party 27
McEniff, Sean Fianna Fáil 1,642
McMahon, Michael Sinn Féin 970
McManus, Lawrence Non-Party 209
McNulty, John Fine Gael 816
McNulty, Joseph Non-Party 356
Mulhern, Bernie Non-Party 225
Naughton, Michéal Fianna Fáil 590
O’Neill, Barry Fine Gael 1,062