With the sixth count declared, Sinn Féin's Michael McMahon has edged closer to taking one of the six seats in the Donegal Electoral Area.

Transfers of 212 votes from fellow Bundoran man Diarmuid Doherty (Ind) saw McMahon climb to fifth place. He sits behind Micheal Naughton (FF) who is on 1,253; Barry Sweeny (Ind) with 1,263; Noel Jordan (SF)who is second place with 1,609 and front runner Niamh Kennedy (Ind) on 1,682.

It is likely that McMahon will also pick up transfers from another Bundoran candidate Philip McGlynn who looks set to be eliminated in the next few counts.

Cautiously optimistic, McMahon told Donegal Now: "That was a great boost but we have a long way to go yet."

And though Ballyshannon's Billy Grimes is running as an independent, his Fianna Fáil background is well known. He could gain a lot from Philip McGlynn's transfers and perhaps also those of Eimear McGuinness in Killybegs. Though Niamh Kennedy (Ind) could well gain most from McGuinness' transfers.

Eliminated

Roger Meehan (FF) was eliminated after the sixth count because no-one had reached the quota. It remains to be seen if his votes will benefit Inver man Noel Jordan (SF) or Meehan's fellow Fianna Fáil candidates.

Photo by Siobhan McGowan

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