The chairperson of the Donegal Association in New York lashed out this week at the failure of any representatives from Donegal County Council to attend the recent St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States.
“We’ve been written off because we left the country. We’ve just been forgotten about,” Katie Barrett told the Donegal People’s Press/Donegal Democrat.
Highlighting the plight of the county’s undocumented, the Gweedore native insisted: “The County Councillors should have been here to listen to their stories. They’ll certainly not hear them sitting at home.”
The chairperson’s comments follow remarks by Letterkenny councillor, Jimmy Kavanagh, at last week’s Town Council meeting when he spoke of the anger and disappointment of the Donegal Associations and the undocumented at the decision of Donegal County Council not to send anybody to the March celebrations.
Along with Bundoran Town Mayor, Michael McMahon, Cllr. Kavanagh was the only Local Authority representative in New York and Philadelphia for the events last month.“We are very grateful to the two town councillors who did travel but where were the County Councillors? We’re told that there’s a recession on and there are cutbacks. But there’s a recession on worldwide and it didn’t stop other counties from sending councillors out. It seems Donegal County Council believe it’s a waste of money to listen to the needs of the undocumented or to bother joining with people from the county who have been forced to travel abroad for work reasons.
“There’s a lot of anger out here from the undocumented and from the Donegal Associations. People are leaving Donegal in droves but it seems we’ve all been written off because we left the country. But I’d remind our councillors and our T.D.’s that many of us come from big families who are back home and they’ll not forget when these people come knocking on their doors looking for votes,” warned the Donegal Association chairperson who has been resident in New York for twelve years.