10 February 2020 15:43
The count in the Donegal constituency will resume at 10am this morning. Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty (21,044 votes) and Padraig MacLochlainn (13,891 votes) have already been elected on the first count. Doherty's surplus of 8,135 was distributed on the second count. And it left four sitting TDs all sitting on over 8,000 votes, but well short of the quota of 12,909. Four candidates are now effectively in a battle for the three remaining seats.
After the second count, the remaining candidates were on the following: Charlie McConalogue (FF): 8,871 Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher (FF): 8,661 Thomas Pringle (Ind): 8,270 Joe McHugh (FG): 8,093 John O'Donnell (Ind): 5,620 Martin Harley (FG): 3,491 Mary T. Sweeney (Aontú): 2,837 Michael White (GP): 2,113 Peter Casey (Ind): 1,804 Niall McConnell (Ind): 803 Arthur McGuinness (Ind): 99 The third count on Monday morning will comprise the redistribution of Padraig MacLochlainn's surplus of 982.