Highland Radio will provide all the very latest on General Election 2020 with comprehensive coverage, On-Air and across all Social Media platforms. We will make sure that you don’t miss a thing.

On Count Day, Sunday 9th February 2020, Highland Radio will be the only place for a front row seat. Join us LIVE throughout the day from the count centre to hear it first.

Latest Updates

video
  Veteran TD Pat the Cope Gallagher was among the shock seat losses across the country. First elected in 1981, Gallagher went on to win eight further Dáil elections and three European Parliament elections. The Fianna Fáil TD was eliminated last night after a battle between himself and party colleague Charlie...
video
  All seats in the 33rd Dáil have been filled with Fianna Fáil the largest party by only one seat. Micheal Martin's party finished on 38, with Sinn Féin on 37 and Fine Gael on 35. There's 12 Green TDs in this Dáil, 6 Social Democrats, 5 from Solidarity People Before...
  18:59 Thomas Pringle, Charlie McConalogue and Joe McHugh have been elected to the 33rd Dail. Long standing TD and former MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has lost out on a seat and will not be returning to the next Dail. 18:27 While awaiting the final declaration, indications are that Pat the Cope Gallagher...
video
Sinn Fein's two Donegal candidates have been elected on the first count with a surplus of over 8,000 votes. Pearse Doherty secured 21, 044 first preferences, Padraig Mac Lochlainn secured 13,891. The quota was 12,909. Deputy Pearse Doherty told Greg Hughes that after the loss of Padrakig Mac Lochlainn's seat in 2016,...
Sinn Fein's Martin Kenny is set to top the poll in Sligo Leitrim, on foot of an opinion poll carried out by IT Sligo and Ocean FM. The constituency contains parts of South Donegal, which were included in the exit poll. The poll give Martin Kenny of Sinn Fein 21.1%, Marc...
video
  Gardai in Letterkenny are warning that there will be a partial road closure in the town on Sunday as part of a traffic management plan. Those who are either going to the double header in O'Donnell park or the election count in the Aura on Sunday are being advised...
video
  Green party Candidate for Donegal Michael White believes people in the county don't yet realise the magnitude of the threat of climate change. A rise in sea levels, flooding and dramatic changes in weather patterns are just some of the things to come according to the party. January 2020 was...
video
    The Education Minister has stated that Fine Gael is committed to investing in schools in Donegal. It's understood that there are more than a dozen major projects planned for the county, with three of those beginning construction this year at Glenswilly National School, St Mary’s National School in Stranorlar, and...
video
  An Independent Donegal Election Candidate has pledged that if elected to Dail Eireann, he will do everything in his power to address pay issues for the working class. This week alone saw secondary school and third level teachers of the TUI take to the picket lines over pay parity...
video
  Aontu's election candidate in Donegal says people need to put pressure on the incoming government to provide resources to gardai in the county. Mary T Sweeney says there is widespread fear in the community as a result of an increase in crime, much of it linked to drugs. Ms Sweeney...
video
A Sinn Fein Election Candidate says Donegal deserves proper mental health services. It comes as there are 112 fewer psychologists than recommended in the HSE’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service nationally, with the north west said to be experiencing some of the highest waiting lists in the country. As part...
video
  Independent candidate for Donegal Thomas Pringle is calling for an increase in social welfare payments in line with inflation. It comes as figures show Donegal has one of the highest percentage rates of dependency on social welfare in the country. Despite the cost of living significantly increasing, payments haven't been restored...
video
  The Green Party is calling for a new Irish Language Plan for Donegal to drive the growth and daily usage of the language. The party calls for the creation of a new “Irish Quarter” in Letterkenny where Irish-language businesses, restaurants and shops can be located to create a cluster...
video
  Donegal Independent candidate Peter Casey has pledged to donate his Oireachtas salary to charities in Donegal if he's elected to Dáil Éireann. Mr Casey made a similar pledge during his campaign for the 2018 Irish presidential election. The money would be used to support a number of charities locally and would...
video
    Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty's in line to collect one of the highest votes in the country on Saturday, according to a new opinion poll. The poll for the Tirconaill Tribune has him at 32.8 per cent of the vote in the five seat constituency - almost triple the 11.1 percent...
The people of Ireland go to the polls this coming Saturday and ahead of the vote, Highland Radio is hosting two debates with those contesting seats in Donegal. There are 13 candidates seeking 5 seats in Donegal and on Wednesday, 6 of those joined Greg on the Nine Til...
video
  An independent election candidate in Donegal says he is concerned that tensions in the waters around Rockall last year may emerge again as a Brexit trade deal is discussed. Moville based Arthur Mc Guinness says he's had discussions with many fishermen in North Inishowen and elsewhere who believe Rockall could...
The people of Ireland go to the polls this coming Saturday and ahead of the vote, Highland Radio is hosting two debates with those contesting seats in Donegal. There are 13 candidates seeking 5 seats in Donegal and on Tuesday, 6 of those joined Greg on the Nine Til Noon...
video
Donegal Candidate Pearse Doherty is calling on the NCT to stop charging customers if they can't provide the service to fully test and certify vehicles. A nationwide audit is currently underway after test centres had to suspend part of the vehicle test due to concerns over cracks in lifts. People...
video
  It's emerged that since Fine Gael came into government nine years ago, €62 million has been spent on agency staff at Letterkenny Hospital, €7.5 million of it in 2019. The figures were received by Sinn Fein, who say the cost of agency staff at Letterkenny has increased by 150%. Nationally,...
  Sinn Féin is the most popular party in the country according to the latest opinion poll. Mary Lou McDonald's party has overtaken Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to be in poll position just days out from voting. This Ipsos/MRBI poll for the Irish Times shows Sinn Fein surging into first place...
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald will take part in RTE's Prime Time debate tomorrow night along with Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fail's Michael Martin. The broadcaster has also decided to invite the leaders of 5 other parties to a debate on Thursday night. In making the decision...
video
  An Independent candidate for Donegal is calling for an end to unequal pay in the education sector for school secretaries and teachers. Some school secretaries are earning as little as €12,000 while In the case of teachers in secondary schools, a two-tier pay system still remains. Outgoing Deputy Thomas Pringle says...
video
      The Green Party Donegal Election Candidate is calling for massive investment in Donegal's transport infrastructure. The Green Party's Transport Policy for the county includes introducing free travel for all students, restoring rail connections to Sligo and Derry and allocating 20% of the national transport budget to the North West. This...
video
  Sinn Fein Party leader Mary Lou McDonald says the lack of funding in the North West of Ireland is not perceived, it is real. Ms McDonald was the guest speaker at the Donegal Sinn Féin general election rally at the Clanree Hotel yesterday. The Sinn Fein leader says people want change...
video
  Independent candidate Peter Casey says medical specialists should pay zero tax to ensure Ireland attracts the consultants needed to cut waiting lists. Casey is claiming people in rural counties such as Donegal are paying with their lives because of the HSE’s inability to entice the specialists needed into regional...
video
  As expected, the Government has officially signed off on the long awaited Mica Redress Scheme today. The scheme which has so far, had €40 million committed to it was finally signed off by the Attorney General this morning, putting an end to months of waiting. This green light means that Donegal...
St Joseph's Community Hospital, Stranorlar
A public meeting which was to have taken place on Sunday afternoon to discuss the future of St Joseph's Hospital in Stranorlar has been cancelled, because of what the organisers have termed "non engagement from Minister Joe Mc Hugh" The Save Our St Joseph's Hospital campaign says they had hoped...
video
  A Sinn Fein Candidate has pledged that his party will transform Donegal's health service if elected into Government. As part of their promises, the party has committed to reopening all beds in Letterkenny's short stay ward and deliver the necessary staff to ensure the hospital's acute stroke unit is...
video
  A Fianna Fáil candidate in Donegal says if in government, the party is committed to progressing the Bonagee Link and Bridge as a matter of urgency. Charlie Mcconalogue says this vital piece of infrastructure is an absolute necessity, suggesting that as one of the fastest growing towns in the country, Letterkenny...
Highland Radio, Donegal, Letterkenny, Hospital, Trolleysvideo
A prominent health campaigner in Donegal says questions will inevitably be asked about the future of Letterkenny University Hospital in light of what appears to be a serious reduction in services. Paul Gillespie, spokesperson for the Donegal Diabetic Association, says efforts to secure meetings with Minister Joe McHugh and Health...
video
The Principal of Crana College says while they remain amenable to the idea of a Three School Campus in the town, if going it alone gets a new school built more quickly, then that's the route they will take. For several years, there's been a concerted effort to identify and...
video
The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament is calling for the next government to fix the 'crisis' in homecare. It's after new figures show 7,819 people are on the HSE's waiting list for home-support, including hundreds in Donegal. Nationally, the figure is up almost 500 on last July. Mairead Hayes, from the Irish...
video
  Aontú's Donegal Election Candidate is lending her support to a planned protest by childcare providers next week. Mary T Sweeney has been contacted by several pre-school providers, claiming they are “one straw away from breaking the camels back and many are being forced out of business”. The Early Years Alliance...
video
The National Forum of Family Resource Centres is calling on election candidates to support the network of centres across the country, and support a funding model which reflects the true community focus of what they do. Pic - Family Resource Centres in Donegal Forum chair Claire Cashman says since the structure...
video
It's been confirmed that the Seaview Respite Centre in Mountcharles will open tomorrow. The centre, which was recently taken over by Rehabcare, was to have reopened two weeks ago, but that was out on hold because the building hadn't been cleared by HIQA. Fianna Fail candidate Pat the Cope Gallagher says...
The Bishop of Raphoe has called on candidates in next week's General Election to commit themselves to a number of principles. Bishop Alan Mc Guckian chairs the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. In a statement this afternoon, he says while the Catholic Church does not...
video
Independent Election Candidate Peter Casey says if elected, he wants to become the most proactive TD that Donegal has ever seen. Mr Casey says he will set-up a 24-7 clinic and helpline, with a guaranteed "same-day response” to constituent queries. He says as well as traditional clinics, he will hold regular...
video
Students and teachers at Crana College are to march through the town tomorrow morning, as the campaign for a new school intensifies. The college has ben part of the much discussed Three School Campus plan, but in light of the lack of progress, they are effectively going it alone under...
video
The shortage of Garda patrol cars in Donegal is said to be reaching crisis point. As it stands, there are 3 less patrol cars in the county since 2018 with no vehicle available in Carrick for the past year while for the past number of months Killybegs has been without...
Highland Radio, Donegal, Letterkenny, Hospital, Trolleysvideo
  The Irish Heart Foundation is also rowing in behind on the campaign to have the Stroke Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital opened. The charity, labelling the failure to deliver the critical unit as disgraceful, has written to all general election candidates in Donegal calling on them to guarantee, if elected...
video
  The idea of scrapping homework needs more analysis, according to the outgoing Education Minister. The Green Party has proposed getting rid of homework as part of its election manifesto. But outgoing Minister Joe McHugh isn't entirely convinced it's a good idea:
video
There are calls for a massive tree planting initiative to be rolled out across Donegal. The project is part of a national Green Party initiative which would help tackle biodiversity loss and carbon dioxide emissions in encouraging 120,000 farmers across the country to plant one hectare of woodland each. Michael White,...
video
It’s been claimed that the funding issue for the Finn Harps Stadium project is being used as a political football. The “funding fiasco” for the project is under the spotlight at the latest sitting of Donegal County Council with two motions and an emergency motion brought forward for consideration. More clarity...
video
Donegal Councillor and Fine Gael election candidate Martin Harley is raising the Finn Harps football stadium in Stranorlar at today's meeting of Donegal County Council in Lifford. After the surprise exclusion of the Donegal Community Stadium from a recent government funding announcement, Cllr Harley is calling for the council to...
video
A Fianna Fail candidate in Donegal says his party in government will immediately publish a fully funded Mica redress scheme, and end what he termed the strong of broken promises which has characterised the current government's approach/ Charlie McConalogue says there's a commitment in the Fine Gael manifesto to publish...
video
The second leaders' debate of the general election campaign takes place tonight. Seven party leaders will be put through their paces on RTE One  television as the second full week of campaigning begins. Most political parties believe this is the week when undecideds will make up their minds on who to...
video
The Irish National Teachers Organisation are hosting a hustings event on Friday 31st in the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny. The event will take place from 8 o clock and will allow the 13 candidates seeking votes in the election to outline how they are going to prioritise primary education in...
video
52 percent of voters say they don't think either Leo Varadkar or Mícheál Martin could change things for the better as Taoiseach. That's the finding of a poll of a thousand people across Ireland completed on Friday by Amárach Research. 57 percent said they'd pick the Fianna Fáil leader over the...
video
There were 64 vacant posts at Letterkenny University Hospital at the end of November, 36 of them in Nursing and Midwifery. Fianna Fail candidate Pat the Cope Gallagher received confirmation of the figures from the hospital today, three months after first tabling a question to the Health Minister. Mr Gallagher says...