First Count: McGuinness tops the poll in Donegal NE Gallagher in SW

While it won't effect the outcome of the Presidential Election nationally, Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness has topped the poll in Donegal North East.

The figures are academic to the result with Labour's Michael D Higgin's set to be elected the country's 9th President, probably on the first count.

This is how the candidates fared in Donegal North East in the first count:

Voter turnout 48.79%

Martin McGuinness 9,085

Sean Gallagher 7,978

Michael D Higgins 6,516

Dana Rosemary Scallon 1,905

Gay Mitchel 1,484

David Norris 788

Mary Davis 598

In Donegal South West Sean Gallagher's local connection stood him well. The former Dragon's Den star topped the poll after the first count. The breakdown in full:

Voter turnout 48.42%

Sean Gallagher 9,912

Martin McGuinness 8,738

Michael D Higgins 7,093

Gay Mitchel 1,620

Dana Rosemary Scallon 1,777

David Norris 916

Mary Davis 660