Labour Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jr. walked out of Tuesday’s council meeting after refusing to explain remarks he directed at Fianna Fáil Cllr. Dessie Larkin.
The incident occurred during a discussion of a motion Fianna Fáil Cllr. Gerry Crawford had tabled calling for action to repair damaged roads in the Stranorlar Electoral Area.
The council roads section had asked councillors to consider a proposal to seek more state roads money to deal with weather damage, and if money were secured to allocate the funds based on greatest need.
Cllr. Larkin seconded the proposal and Cllr. McBrearty asked whether the motion was Cllr. Larkin’s. Earlier, Cllr. McBrearty had expressed frustration that a motion on area roads he tabled at an earlier meeting had not been pursued.
When Cllr. Larkin said again he wanted to second the motion, Cllr. McBrearty said, “I’ll second you in a minute.”
Donegal Mayor, Sinn Féin Cllr. Cora Harvey, asked Cllr. McBrearty to explain his remark but Cllr. McBrearty said, “You don’t tell me what to do.”
When the mayor again asked him to explain his remarks, Cllr. McBrearty said, “The roads are a joke, as far as I can see.” He packed up his things and got up to leave.
“It’s a big joke,” Cllr. McBrearty said as he was leaving the chamber. “Roads are a joke.”