Fianna Fáil candidate opts to go independent - says grassroots “being ignored”

Fianna Fáil candidate opts to go independent - says grassroots “being ignored”
A Donegal town Fianna Fáil candidate who failed to secure a nomination last Friday to contest in May’s local elections has left the party and will run as an independent.

A Donegal town Fianna Fáil candidate who failed to secure a nomination last Friday to contest in May’s local elections has left the party and will run as an independent.

Bernie Mulhern was one of six candidates hoping to be selected by Fianna Fáil to contest the Donegal south municipal area but she failed to get selected, losing out to sitting councillors Brendan Byrne, the veteran Sean McEniff and Micheál Naughton.

Mulhern, Bernie O’Callaghan from Killybegs and Claudia Kennedy from Bundoran were unsuccessful in their bid to get nominations.

It has now emerged that since the Friday night convention Ms. Mulhern has decided to run as an independent.

She told the Donegal Democrat that she was unhappy with party headquarters and charged that “the grassroots are being ignored”.

She stated: “Once again Donegal town and its environs are in danger of being left without a Donegal town-based councillor,” she said, saying the area had a traditionally strong Fianna Fáil vote.