Further analysis of tally figures for the Donegal Electoral Area now indicate that Sinn Féin councillor Noel Jordan will have the biggest first preference vote.
The Mountcharles public representative polled 1,477 votes and is set to be elected along with sitting councillors Niamh Kennedy (Ind) on 1,329, and Micheál Naughton (FF) who has 1,151, according to the tally figures.
Barry Sweeny (FG) has also polled well on 1,057 and is in fourth place in the six-seater.
Sitting Independent councillor Tom Conaghan has 932.
Fine Gael candidate John McNulty is pushing for a second seat for the party on 962 while his running mate John Boyle has 756.
Several candidates, including Billy Grimes, look to be in the battle still and the last two seats will be very close.
Photo: Cllr. Noel Jordan with supporters before he cast his vote on Friday.
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