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Sixteen candidates in battle for five seats in Donegal

Election posters at the Mountain Top roundabout, Letterkenny, ahead of the last local elections.

Election posters at the Mountain Top roundabout, Letterkenny, ahead of the last local elections.

IT’S all about the numbers. Sixteen candidates, five seats and just over two weeks left for canvassers to persuade voters in the new five-seat Donegal Constituency to give their candidate the nod.
Nominations for the election closed at noon today with Michael Mooney, Letterkenny against Water Charges, and Fís Nua’s Cordelia Nic Fhearraigh joining an already crowded field which includes Sinn Féin (3), Fianna Fáil (2), Fine Gael (2), Green Party and six Independent candidates. However, the deadline for pulling out of the election is close of business tomorrow, Friday.
This is the first time since 1977 that Donegal is a five-seater when Fine Gael (Paddy Harte and Jim White), Fianna Fáil (Hugh Conaghan and Joseph Brennan) and Independent Fianna Fail (Neil T Blaney) held sway.

THE FULL LIST OF CANDIDATES

SINN FEIN
Deputy Pearse Doherty (outgoing)
Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn (outgoing)
Cllr Gary Doherty

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FINE GAEL
Minister Joe McHugh (outgoing)
Paddy Harte

FIANNA FAIL
Deputy Charlie McConagloe (outgoing)
Pat The Cope Gallagher

GREEN PARTY
Paula Flanagan

FíS NUA
Cordelia Nic Fhearraigh

INDEPENDENTS
Deputy Thomas Pringle (Outgoing)
Cllr Ian McGarvey
Cllr Niamh Kennedy
Cllr Dessie Shiels
Cllr Frank McBrearty
Michael Mooney
Tim Jackson

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