The long day of counting in the St John Bosco Centre finally came to an end at 1.20am.

With John McNulty (FG) being eliminated, the remaining four candidates were elected on the fourteenth count without reaching the quota.

There are Barry Sweeny (FG), Micheal Naugton (FF), Tom Conaghan (Ind) and Michael McMahon (SF).

Niamh Kennedy and Noel Jordan had already secured seats.

This is the first time that two Sinn Fein seats have been held in the Donegal EA. With two independent councillors and one each of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, this continues the shift away from traditional voting patterns of previous generations.

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