ELECTION 2011- from the count centres

10.21 In Donegal North East - 23 boxes open in the Inishowen area. Padraig MacLoughlain, Charlie MacConolougue and John Ryan polling well - Betty Holmes the best of the independents

10:25 SW - 47 boxes open from Killybegs to Bundoran - Thomas Pringle over 4,000 - Pearse Doherty 3,100, Mary Couglan just 3,000

10:50 Crowd growing in the Aura - Letterkenny boxes starting to be opened SF still out in front at 28.2%, FF at 25, Ryan at 22.34

11.20 Charlie Joe McGinley suggests FF could be in trouble in Donegal NE

11.25 Donegal SW Coughlan will have a major fight to retain seat

11.34 Donegal NE - Figures due from Letterkenny boxes soon

11.35 DOnegal SW - Only FInn Valley boxes left to open - Doherty - 30%, McGinley - 19%, Pringle - 17%, Coughlan - 13%, O Domhnaill - 12%

12:03 First count due at 4pm

12.30 Donegal NE 117/123 SF 25% FF 18% McHugh 19% John ryan 13% Harte 11% shiels 5%

12.35 Donegal SW- 80% of boxes counted : Doherty - 32%, McGinley - 20%, Pringle - 15%, Coughlan - 12%, O Domhnaill - 11%, McCahill - 5%, McBrearty - 4%.

1.30 Bit of a lull in both centres now - votes being sorted. 1st count announcement due around 4pm

2:45  Atmosphere not what it normally is - all very efficient, but not much action

4.35: Election officials at Aura so strict with passes, it is robbing the count of its atmosphere

4.45 Getting closer - candidates called to adjudicate on spoiled votes in NE

5.35 Pearse Doherty elected - Pringle and O'Domhnaill to fight for last seat - late night expected

5.37 NE 1st count imminent

6.37 Donegal NE 1st count PMac 9278 CMc 6613 JR 4657 Harte 4090 Blaney 1228 Shiels 1876 - MacLoughlainn 200 hundred short of Quota