This page has all that happened in the 2019 Local and European Elections in Donegal.

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Sinn Féin councillor Noel Jordan has been returned to Lifford on the 12th count in the Donegal Electoral Area, with Fianna Fail's Michael Naughton now firmly in third place. It's a battle royale for the third and fourth seats, with Michael McMahon of Sinn Fein very muich in contention, along...
Buncrana Electoral Area   - Complete  Paul Canning Rena Donaghey Jack Murray Nicholas Crossan Terry Crossan   Carndonagh Electoral Area  - Complete Martin Mc Dermott Martin Farren Albert Doherty Bernard Mc Guinness   Donegal Electoral Area    Niamh Kennedy Noel Jordan      Glenties Electoral Area - Complete        Michael Choil Mac Giolla Easbuig John Sheamais O'Fearraigh Michael Mc Clafferty Anthony Molloy Noreen Mc Garvey Marie Therese Gallaghar   Letterkenny Electoral Area ...
Niamh Kennedy has been elected on the eleventh count in the Donegal Electoral Area, following the elimination of Fine Gael's John Boyle. Her surplus of 279 votes is now being distributed. Tom Conaghan (Ind) 1272 + 101...1373 Billy Grimes (Ind) 1057+ 10...1067 Noel Jordan (SF) 1873 +160...2033 Niamh Kennedy (Ind) 2031 +291...2322 Seamus Maguire (Ind)...
Counting is complete in the Letterkenny Electoral Area, with four councillors elected on the final count, three of them without reaching the quota. Independent Kevin Bradley was elected after exceeding the quota by one vote, while Fianna Fail's Manus "Mandy" Kelly and Donal Coyle were deemed elected along with Sinn...
Independent Niamh Kennedy continues to progress in the Donegal Electoral Area following the distribution of Fianna Fail candidate Eimear McGuinness's votes in the ninth count. However she is still just over a hundred votes off the quota. Donegal Town Independent candidate Pauric Kennedy has been eliminated, with incumbent Independents John J...
Cathairleach of Donegal County Council Seamus O'Domhnaill has been reflecting on the loss of his seat, saying media coverage of an LIS application in his name was manipulated. He spoke to Greg Hughes......  
The Glenties count has finished with four candidates elected without reaching the quota. Fianna Fail's Anthony Molly and Noreen Mc Garvey, Sinn Fein's Marie Therese Gallagher and Fine Gael's Michael Mc Clafferty were all deemed elected without reaching the quota. Oisin Kelly spoke to Noreen Mc Garvey, and first, Anthony Molloy........
Michael Mc Bride has become the third councillor elected in Letterkenny at the expense of Sinn Fein's Adrian Glackin who has lost his seat More to follow
Sinn Fein's Terry Crossan has been elected in Buncrana, at the expense of Fine Gael's Micky Doherty. He spoke to Catherine Gaffney.......  
The eighth count is now underway in the Donegal Electoral, with Fianna Fáil candidate Philip McGlynn's 582 votes now being distributed. No-one is yet close to the quota of 2,042, with Niamh Kennedy and Noel Jordan continuing to lead the field. Outcome of the 7th Count John J Boyle (FG) 810 +...
Outgoing Independent Nicholas Crossan has been elected in Buncrana, with just one more seat left to fill. He spoke to Catherine Gaffney........  
Fine Gael's Jimmy Kavanagh has been elected in Letterkenny, exceeding the quota on the transfers of his running mate Bernie Moran. He spoke to Greg after his election............
As counting continues in the St John Bosco Centre in Donegal Town, Independent candidate Roger Meehan has now been eliminated in the sixth count following the distribution of the votes of Diarmaid Doherty. The count is now on its seveth round with Independent Niamh Kennedy on 1,682 leading Sinn Fein's...
The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council has lost his seat. Fianna Fail's Seamus O'Domhnaill has been eliminated after failing to secure transfers from his running mate Enda Bonner, who also lost his seat. Mr O'Domhnaill, who topped the poll in 2014, ended up with 1222 votes.
Fianna Fail's strategy in the Glenties Electoral Area will come under the microscope after the election count, with sitting councillors Enda Bonner and Seamus O'Domhnaill set to lose their seats according to observers at the count. The speculation is that they'll be replaced by party colleagues Noreen Mc Garvey and...
Counting continues in the Donegal Electoral Area, and after the fifth count, Justin Coughlin, Valerie McNulty, Cyril Brennan, Seán Ó Beirne and Diarmaid Doherty have all been eliminated. Doherty's 432 votes will now be redistributed. No candidate has yet made the quota of 2,042. The transfer of 126 votes to John McNulty...
Counting has concluded in Lifford Stranorlar with outgoing Councillors Frank Mc Brearty and Liam Doherty both elected. The final count saw Fine Gael candidate Garvan Connolly run both close, but in the end, it's as you were. Michaela Clarke has been speaking to both candidates...... Liam Doherty Frank Mc Brearty    
Ian Mc Garvey has been returned to Donegal County Council after a very tense final count, eventually coming in 110 votes ahead of Fine Gael candidate Eimear Friel. Ian Mc Garvey spoke to Greg Hughes............      
Veteran campaigner and former councillor Seamus Rogers has been reflecting on the 2019 election, after contesting his first local election almost 60 years ago. He spoke to Seamus Rogers at the Glenties Count Centre......    
on Niamh Kennedy topped the poll on the Donegal Electoral Area, five votes ahead of Noel Jordan. These are the first count figures......    
Bernard Mc Guinness has taken the final seat in the Carndonagh Electoral Area, completing a clean sweep of incumbent members returning. Afterwards, he told Catherine Gaffney he was delighted to return after an election in which hr believes his seat was specifically targetted.......    
Liam Blaney has been elected on the second count in Milford, saying he hopes that the declaration of a seperate Milford Electoral Area will help to ensure that the area gets a fairer deal. He also told Greg Hughes that some misinformation was being spread on the campaign, not least,...
  Gerry Crawford has been elected on the third count in Lifford Stranorlar. Following his election, he spoke to Michaela Clarke.......  
Martin Farren of Labour and Albert Doherty of Sinn Fein have both been elected on in Carndonagh. Albert Doherty says it's always a thrill to get over the line......  
Ciaran Brogan has been elected on the first count in Letterkenny, 106 above the quota. Sinn Fein's difficulty in the area highlighted by the fact that Gerry Mc Monagle and Adrian Glackin are just 40 votes apart. Speaking after his election, Greg Hughes spoke to Ciaran Brogan........  
There's still some way to go to a first count in the Donegal Electoral Area, with some predictions that it could be as late as 6pm. The destination of the first four seats seems sure, with Noel Jordan of Sinn Fein and Independent Niamh Kennedy neck and neck on 1400...
Three candidates have been elected on the first count in Buncrana, Paul Canning and Rena Donaghey of Fianna Fail, and Jack Murray of Sinn Fein. All three have been speaking to Catherine Gaffney, with Paul Canning saying he had an uphill battle.......... Rena Donaghey also faced issues with boundary changes.......... Jack Murray...
Independent Cllr Michael Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig has been elected on the first count in Glenties after polling 2007 votes, comfortably exceeding the quota. He told Oisin Kelly he intends working for everyone........    
Fianna Fail councillor Martin Mc Dermott has been elected in the Carndonagh Electoral Area, with a huge first preference, exceeding the quota by over 1,000 votes. Shortly after his election, he spoke to Catherine Gaffney........
Three councillors have been elected on the first count in the Lifford -Stranorlar Electoral Area. Fine Gael's Martin Harley, Fianna Fail's Patrick Mc Gowan and Sinn Fein's Gary Doherty were all deemed elected, after exceeding the quota. All three have been speaking to Michaela Clarke....... Martin Harley Patrick Mc Gowan Gary Doherty
John O'Donnell has become the first councillor elected in Donegal, elected on the first count in the Milford Electoral Area. He secured 1,959 votes, exceeding the quota by 13 votes. Immediately after his election, he spoke to Greg Hughes......
As we await a first count in the Glenties Electoral Area, Independent candidate Liam Whyte has conceded defeat. He's been speaking to Oisin Kelly.......
The Green Party candidate who could take a Midlands North West seat in the European Elections Saoirse McHugh has repeated her assertion that she will resign from the party, if they enter coalition with Fianna Fail or Fine Gael. Earlier, party leader Eamonn Ryan refused to rule out the possibility...
Counting has begun in the European Elections, with more than 600,000 votes cast for 17 candidates being counted in the Midlands North West constituency. It's doubtful whether or not a first count will be confirmed today, but whatever happens, nothing can be declared until 10pm tonight when polls close in...
Final Glenties Tally M MacGiolla Easbuig 15.5% JS O'Fearraigh 11.5% MT Gallagher 9% M McClafferty 8.5% N McGarvey 8.2% S O'Domhaill 8.2% E Bonner 7.0% B Carr 7.6% A Molloy 6.8% E Sweeney 5.6% L Whyte 5.1% S Rodgers 4.2% L Mulligan 2.7%  
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Outgoing MEP Luke Ming Flanagan is hopeful he can hold his seat in the Midlands North West Constituency. Exit polls show him with 10 percent of the vote, fighting for the 4th and final seat. He's remaining optimistic:
The deputy leader of Fianna Fail has admitted that the party's performance in the Midland's North West Constituency hasn't been up to scratch. Exit polls suggest the party's candidates, Brendan Smith and Anne Rabbitte, could get just 9 percent of the vote between them. Darragh Calleary says it's something the party...
Counting is underway in the Milford Local Electoral Area and will confirm that John O'Donnell will top the poll. Despite being the focus of an RTE investigation and a SIPO probe, for every 4 people that voted in Milford, 1 voted for Councillor O'Donnell. Liam Blaney of Fianna Fáil warned against...
Fianna Fáil well on course for at least two seats in Letterkenny with one of the big stories being that Sinn Féin, barring a miracle, will lose one of its two seats. Counting got underway at the Aura Leisure Centre at 9am. Ciaran Brogan (FF) is on 1,522 first preferences is...
After votes cast in the local elections across Donegal's seven electoral areas were sorted yesterday, the counting of votes has begun at centres across the county. This morning, Highland Radio's Count Team set the scene for what's going to be a long day of counting.......
As counting proper gets underway in the local elections, Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle has conceded that Sinn Fein will lose a seat in Letterkenny. At the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny this morning, he acknowledged he is in a battle with party colleague and fellow councillor Adrian Glackin, but told...
Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to ease restrictions on divorce and recognise foreign divorces. In a landslide vote - the second biggest since the Good Friday agreement - the country voted 82% Yes to 18% No in the divorce referendum. The result was announced at 4.30 am this morning. Donegal voted yes by...
    The final tallies are in for the Glenties Electoral area which show Cllr Michael Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig in the lead.  Cllr John Sheamus O'Fearraigh comes in second with 11.5%. Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher is at 9% while Fine Gael candidate Michael McClafferty, FF candidate Noreen McGarvey and Cllr Seamus O'Domhnaill are...
  The latest tallies from the Stranorlar/Lifford electoral area have sitting Cllr Gary Doherty in the lead with 17.5%. Just under half of the boxes for this area have been open so far so it's early doors. The tallies do however indicate that all sitting Cllrs, Gerry Crawford, Liam Doherty, Martin Harley,...
Cllr Noel Jordan looks set to top the poll in what is set to be a very long count in Donegal Town. These are the final tallies, excluding one box which has to be opened privately because of the small number of votes within it.
The big question now in the Donegal Electoral Area is will Michael Naughton (FF) or Niamh Kennedy (Ind) top the poll. With eight boxes left to tally, the situation is - Michael Naughton    (FF)        1015   9.5% Niamh Kennedy   (Ind)            1000   9.3% Noel Jordan   ...
    Early tallies for the Glenties electoral area show that Independent Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig is the early front and runner on course to retain his seat.  15 boxes have so far been opened and tallies have indicated that Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig has 14.9% of the vote followed...
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  Cllr John O'Donnell could top the poll in the Milford Electoral area. Tally figures have indicated that he may get over 2,000 first preference votes when the official count gets underway tomorrow. Cllr O'Donnell gave an exclusive interview to Highland Radio within the last hour:
      Three candidates in the South Inishowen MD could exceed the quota tomorrow as final tallies for the area have been assessed. Sitting Cllrs Paul Canning, Rena Donaghey and Jack Murray are all deemed 'safe' according to today's tallies. If the tallies come to fruition, this would be the first time in...
    Boxes are beginning to be sorted from the newly named Lifford/Stranorlar Municipal District with early tallies indicating that Fine Gael Cllr Martin Harley could top the poll. So far, the sitting Cllr has 22.6% of the vote followed by Fianna Fail Cllr Patrick McGowan with 16.6%. Cllr Frank McBrearty who is...