SF win at a canter: Senator Pearse Doherty now Pearse Doherty TD

The Liveblog is still running but Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty has now been declared TD for Donegal South West.

In a stunning performance he was elected slightly under quota as the two remaining candidates were unable to catch him.

Perhaps the most encouraging factor for SF is Doherty was collecting transfers at high levels throughout all counts?

Interestingly his final tally of 16,897, on a reduced turnout, isn’t far off the 20K that would have seen two TDs elected in the General Election of 2007.

Could SF have had a better result as the south heads towards the full election within a few months?