Former tánaiste and Donegal South-West TD, Mary Coughlan, moved a step closer to returning to active political life following a meeting with party leader, Micheal Martin TD, at his final constituency briefing in Glenties last Thursday night.
As exclusively revealed in this newspaper last November, internal party discussions were paving the way for her return and this meeting with Martin is seen as another step in the process. The former TD received a rousing reception at the meeting in the Highlands Hotel and it was obvious that she will be a strong contender when her party are looking for candidates for any future election, be it in the current constituency format or in any new format, thanks mainly to her strong south Donegal support.
Although she didn’t speak at the meeting, it is understood her presence was to test the level of support she still had and it obviously impressed the party leader.
It is also understood MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher is being talked to about a possible return to the national scene too.
Mr Martin met several groups of concerned supporters about a range of issues including health, lack of support from the banks, wind farms and education.