Slide Show: LIVE From The Donegal By-Election Count

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(Yes, it’s pretty dull)

With almost three quarters of the votes cast in the Donegal South West by-election counted, tallies show Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has a significant lead.

Significant, there’s a word.

The likely winner should be known from unofficial tallies by lunchtime with a final official result due in the late afternoon or evening. Counting is taking place in the Finn Valley Athletics Club in Stranorlar.

Initial results, with 72 per cent of boxes opened, show the Sinn Féin candidate on 39.8 per cent, Fianna Fáil candidate Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill on 21.5 per cent and Fine Gael’s Barry O’Neill on 18.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, on waste ground near Stranorlar A.C., a flock of starlings squabble over a dropped crisp.

Doherty Ahead In Donegal Count (Irish Times)

(Photocall Ireland)


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