Fianna Fail tops the poll but Fine Gael vote plummets

Success for Sinn Fein and independents as Labour holds on

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The Inishowen electorate had its say at the weekend with nine councillors elected after a dramatic count through Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning.

In total 16,209 people cast their votes but the turnout of 53 per cent was down on the 57 per cent who came out in the local ballot five years ago.

The big themes to arise from the election were the drop in Fine Gael’s vote, Martin McDermott’s stunning display for Fianna Fail and the rise of the Independents and Sinn Féin.

Fine Gael’s Mickey Doherty was the only sitting councillor to lose his seat. While Fine Gael lost 2,399 votes overall on its 2009 election showing, Black Mickey lost more than 1,000 first preferences and it was clear from early on Saturday during the tallies that he would lose his seat.

Moville’s Martin Farren (pictured) was one of the few Labour councillors in the entire country to increase his share of first preference votes.

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