At the opening of the hugely successful Taste of Donegal Food Festival over the weekend, Mayor of Donegal Town, Tom Conaghan put current speculation to an end when he announced that whenever a general election is announced that he will be a candidate for Dail Eirean.
Welcoming guests and politicians to the festival Conaghan said, “I am putting you all on notice here tonight - I will be pressing a lot of flesh, shaking a lot of hands but more importantly continuing the work that I am doing; when the next general election looms I will be putting my name forward as an Independent candidate.
Conaghan told the Donegal Democrat, “I have been approached by so many people from all parts of the south and west of the county - regrettably we do not have any real representation here either at council or national level.
“There are more than enough votes in this electoral area to elect one if not two councillors yet by not pulling together and adopting a strategic approach, we have been left with nothing.
“The community spirit which was so evident last weekend by the wealth of volunteers at the festival has shown that when we all work together, we can make the impossible, possible.
“This energy can be harnessed for the greater good of this town - it is a credit to each and every person involved.
“Regrettably this constituency has been left without any real local representation.
“Deputies Doherty and Pringle are totally consumed with the national issues, Dinny McGinley is too far removed from the problems of this area - we urgently need a TD who will address the problems of the ordinary man on the street.
“These are the people that elected these TDs and their concerns are being ignored.
“It is all very well discussing the IMF, the ECB, bailouts and debt forgiveness on the national media but realistically there is very little influence a rural TD can bring to bear on these matters.
“There are people in this county with very real and serious problems and nobody is listening and our concerns are just being totally ignored,” concluded Conaghan.