The third count was declared in the Donegal EA at 6.20pm.

Niamh Kennedy (Ind) and Noel Jordan (SF) remain the front runners. Kennedy now sits on 1,568 votes with Jordan not far behind on 1,557. Micheal Naughton (FF) is on 1,213 with Barry Sweeny (FG) still looking strong on 1,151.

Eliminated

Returning Officer declared that since no candidate had reached the quota, the candidate with the lowest number of votes would be eliminated. That means that Cyril Brennan (SOL-PBB)'s 319 votes are therefore now being distributed.

The count continues in the St John Bosco Centre, Donegal Town.

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