Donegal set for another election

With the dust barely settled on the General Election and the new Government and Cabinet set to be revealed tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, the residents of one South Donegal town are embracing themselves for yet another few weeks of canvassing, leaflets coming through the doorsteps as yet another election looms.

With the dust barely settled on the General Election and the new Government and Cabinet set to be revealed tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, the residents of one South Donegal town are embracing themselves for yet another few weeks of canvassing, leaflets coming through the doorsteps as yet another election looms.

The Mayoral Election in Donegal Town commenced for real last weekend as all the declared candidates took the opportunity to canvass the hundreds of people on the Diamond in the town during the celebrations of the town receiving Fairtrade status.

The outgoing Mayor Paul Keeney had already declared himself as a candidate and former All Ireland Under 21 manager Tom Conaghan had revealed his intentions exclusively to this newspaper last week.

However, Patricia Callaghan an active community worker and a former candidate took everybody by surprise when she appeared on the Diamond with her stickers and her canvass team.

This formidable lady had declared her intentions to this newspaper last week in confidence, but could not resist the temptation to canvass so many potential voters last weekend.

Donegal Town is the only town in the county where the Mayor is democratically elected and the electorate is not just confined to the town boundaries but also includes adjoining townlands and parishes.

The election campaign is already hotting up with some local issues beginning to emerge.

One of the most topical is the fact that many business - men on the periphery of the town who are both employing people and paying rates are not entitled to vote and are now demanding that their franchise be restored to their business address.

All persons over the age of 16 are entitled to cast their votes but in the meantime we can look forward to some feisty exchanges between the candidates over the next few weeks.