And the results of the final count after Pringle’s votes are distributed:
- Doherty, Pearse SF +1709 (16897)
- O’Neill, Barry FG +869 (8102)
- Ó Domhnaill, Brian FF +433 (8069)
- Non-Transferable +805 (2135)
As neither O’Neill or Ó Domhnaill can reach quota, Pearse Doherty has been declared elected. He is now a TD.
It is interesting also to see that Fine Gael’s Barry O’Neil managed to finish up in 2nd place. Granted only by30 odd votes, but that can be taken as a moral victory. for FG and a bad result for Fianna Fail.
In an email to members Enda Kenny said “Barry O’Neill has proven himself to be a candidate of quality who gave a very credible performance on his first outing in a Dáil election.”
This result shows how interesting it may be in the General Election next year.
Congratulations of course to Pearse Doherty TD.
And the results of the third count, distribution of McBreaty’s 3,375 votes, are as follows:
- Doherty, Pearse SF +1452 (15,188)
- Ó Domhnail, Brian FF +278 (7,636)
- O Neill, Barry FG +871 (7,313)
- Pringle, Thomas Ind +272 (3,763)
- Non-Transferable +1298(1,330)
As no candidate has reached the quota, Thomas Pringle is eliminated.
I think Pearse Doherty will be elected on this the fourth count.
No major changes after the 2nd count, but here are the current standings:
- Doherty, Pearse, SF +17 (13,736),
- Ó Domhnaill, Brian FF +4 (7,348),
- O’Neill, Barry FG +18 (6,442)
- Pringle, Thomas Ind +9 (3,447),
- McBrearty, Frank Lab +53 (3,419),
- Non-Transferrable 32
McBrearty has been eliminated and his vote of 3,3419 is being distributed among the remaining candidates.
With Doherty being 3,477 votes behind quota this will probably go to the 4th count.
The results from ElectionsIreland.org
As expected Doherty as topped the poll. Unexpectedly Labour’s Frank McBreaty has come 4th with the Independent Thomas Pringle beating him by 90 votes on the first count. It will be interesting if he gets eliminated on the 2nd count!
For the second count Ann Sweeney (Ind/New Ireland) has been eliminated and her 133 votes are being distributed.
Some may see Barry O’Neills result as being a poor one, but the fact that he is less then 1,000 votes behind Fianna Fail’s Brian Ó Domhnaill, says a lot for his campaign.
The results were fairly close to that unofficial exit poll last night. Turnout was up on what was being reported, with 55.32% of eligible voters voting and that has led to a quota of 17,213.
4pm UPDATE: It is expected that Labour’s Frank McBreaty will be the next candidate eliminated.
Some interesting results from sources tonight in Donegal South West on an exit poll conducted there today. While voting during todays by-election was down on the 60% that voted in 2007, turnout today is expected to have been between 30 and 40%.
The results of the exit poll circulating among politics heads are as follows:
- Pearse Doherty (SF) 33%
- Brian Ó Domhnaill (FF) 21%
- Frank McBrearty (Lab) 19%
- Barry O’Neill (FG) 18%
- Thomas Pringle (Ind) 8%
Fianna Fail have managed to get a good turn out according to some tallies on turnout with FF strong holds of Dunfanaghy and Gortahork have a turnout out of over 60%, while it was 55% about Donegal Town. This should favour Ó Domhnaill.
But of course it will all come down to tranfers. Who will hget more of them? Doherty or Ó Domhnaill?
Counting gets underway at 9am tomorrow in Finn Valley Athletic Club, Stranorlar and a result is expected tomorrow evening.
Fine Gael is set to hold its Convention for the Donegal South West By-election on February 15th. Joe McHugh TD (Donegal North East) has been appointed Director of Elections for the bye-election for Fine Gael.
This will be a very interesting race considering the goings on over the budget at the County Council. Fianna Fail might not be too popular, but with it being a Fianna Fail seat up for grabs who knows what will happen.
I said before that it will be a local councillor selected (either Terrence Slowey or Barry O’Neill) and also last year I called the election for Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty. Nothing has really made me change my mind yet.
Of course we don’t know yet who the Fianna Fail nominee is, and that could change my mind.
Let see how it goes!
UPDATE: I may be wrong about who will be the nominee. I am hearing a new candidate will be put forward, and they are not currently elected. Not are they a cleberity! We will have to wait and see!
So its looking like Pat “The Cope” Gallagher will be elected to the European Parliament at some point tonight or tomorrow morning which means he will not be voting on the motion of no confidence in the Dáil. It also means that there will be another bye-election this year. This time it takes place in Donegal South West.
Donegal South West is a 3 seat constituency. In the General Election in 2004 the results were like this (from Electionsireland.org)
As you can see it was Sinn Fein that lost out to Fine Gael back in 2004. This time round Pearse Doherty is a Senator. He will be a high profile candidate for Sinn Fein and the obvious choice for the Bye-Election. Fianna Fail will find it impossible to hang on to the seat here in the bye-election unless they can parachute in a candidate. Same goes for Fine Gael and Labour. Though Labour have a candidate on the ground in Seamus Rodgers but he came no where near being elected having only 0.11 of a quota.
I think it is nearly a foregone conclusion baring some sort of celebrity candidate that Sinn Fein will win the Donegal South West bye-election.