Donegal may be start of much greater upheaval

By Jim Gibney (for Irish News)

The political earthquake that was the awesome election victory announced last Friday of Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty began a few days earlier on the islands dotted around the coast of Donegal: Inis Bofin, Inishfree, Gala, Arranmore and Tory. There the small electorate of a few hundred people cast their votes, starting the tremors which led to the earthquake sweeping through the constituency of Donegal South West over a 15-hour period beginning last Thursday at 7am when the polls opened and continues to send political aftershocks deep inside the south’s political establishment.

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