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Sinn Fein councillor loses seat to his wife

Long-standing Sinn Fein councillor Frankie Donnelly has lost his seat to his wife Ann-Marie.

Sinn Fein were pushing for four seats in the West Tyrone DEA, but fell short with Frankie the casualty.

Ann-Marie, who was contesting an election for the first time got across the line with Sinn Fein party colleagues Glenn Campbell and Stephen McCann who retained their seats.

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The West Tyrone poll was topped by the DUPs Mark Buchanan with 1,546 votes, followed by Allan Rainey from the UUP with 1,095 votes. Both were elected in the first count.

The SDLPs Mary Garrity also retained her seat with 1,047 first preference votes, just falling short of the quota of 1,079 and was elected at the second stage.

Visit ulsterherald.com throughout Saturday for full news from the Mid Tyrone and Omagh Town DEA counts.

See Monday’s Tyrone Herald for full election analysis and interviews.

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