Tom Conaghan 'not decided' on whether to run
BY SUE DOHERTY
A community activist from Donegal town who stood in the 2009 local elections is still considering whether to stand as an Independent in the forthcoming general election.
Tom Conaghan is well-known for his involvement in GAA, having managed the Donegal team that won the U21 All-Ireland title in 1982. He narrowly missed out on being elected in 2009, taking just under 2,200 votes. He considered standing in the by-election last November, but deciding against it. He said at the time: "Realistically three weeks would not give me enough time to mount an effective campaign for what is most likely, a temporary vacancy. I am not a spoiler and I think it would be futile and dishonest of me to let my name go forward which just might reduce somebody else's chances or possibly elect another candidate with my transfers."
Mr Conaghan told the Democrat/People's Press yesterday that he still has an open mind about standing in the forthcoming general election. "I haven't decided yet, to be honest. I'll be meeting people at the weekend to discuss the idea. Given the way everything has been changing from day to day, I think it's better to wait until we have a definite date for the election. I know they've said March 11, but there's also a big push on to bring it forward."