Letterkenny Conclusion – Quinn and Michael Mc Bride retain seats, Shiels and Mc Monagle are Lifford bound

Mick Quinn

After a lengthy count, the Letterkenny Electoral Area count has concluded, confirming the final make up of Donegal County Council. The last seat went to a battle between Independent Donal Cullen and outgoing Cllr Mick Quinn following the distribution of Jimmy Kavanagh's surplus of 258.

Independent Councillor Michael Mc Bride returns, and outgoing town councillor Gerry Mc Monagle is being joined in Lifford by Independent Dessie Shiels.


Outgoing Mayor Ian Mc Garvey, the oldest councillor in the country, has been returned to Donegal County Council.

The Independent Cllr was br0ught over the quota on the transfers of Letterkenny Mayor Pascal Blake who was eliminated on the 13th count with 957 votes.

Jimmy Kavanagh (FG), Gerry Mc Monagle (SF),  Michael Mc Bride (Ind) and Dessie Shiels (Ind) are set to be elected, with Mick Quinn (SF) and Donal Cullen (Ind) battling it out for the final seat.


Update - James Pat Mc Daid has been elected to Donegal County Council, exceeding the quota in the 13th count.

Letterkenny Cllr Ciaran Brogan has been returned to Donegal County Council exceeding the quota of 1,719 following the elimination of Labour's Siobhan Mc Laughlin and the distribution of her 353 votes. Her party colleague Christy Galligan has now been eliminated, with his 419 votes being distributed.


Independent John O'Donnell has been elected to Donegal County Council, taking the second seat, and pledging to run as an independent candidate in the next general election.



Cllr Liam Blaney has been returned to Lifford after topping the poll and exceeding the quota on the first count. His surplus of 44 votes is currently being distributed. The first count in full

Billy Banda  PBP  183

Pascal Blake  Ind  648

Liam Blaney  FF  1763  ELECTED

Grace Boyle  FG  413

Ciaran Brogan  FF  1698

Tom Crossan  LRP  428

Donal Cullen  Ind  883

Peter Cutliffe  Ind  218

David Fisher  Ind  415

Christy Galligan  Lab  377

Jimmy Kavanagh  FG  896

Michael Mc Bride  Ind  1138

Noel Mc Bride  FG  828

Charlie Mc Clafferty  Ind  607

James Pat Mc Daid  FF  1314

Ian Mc Garvey  Ind  1338

Siobhan Mc Laughlin  Lab  338

Gerry Mc Monagle  SF  1213

John O'Donnell  Ind  1692

Mick Quinn  SF  1076

Dessie Shiels  Ind  955

John Watson  FF  480