Audio update – Niall Blaney elected to Seanad

After a nine year absence, former Donegal Deputy Niall Blaney is on his way back to Leinster House.

He was elected to the Agriculture Panel of the Seanad last night on the 15th count.

Outgoing Donegal Senator Brian O'Domhnaill last his seat, having been eliminated on the 13th count.

Senator Blaney had placed ninth out of 25 candidates after the first count, with 11 seats up for grabs.

Candidates and media are not attending the count because the need to maintain social distancing, .

Senator Blaney, who was monitoring the count from his home in Donegal, says he was overwhelmed by his victory.............