Furious Donegal Town Mayor, Tom Conaghan has said dirty tricks were being used against him and he claimed rumours circulating that he was to re-join Fianna Fáil were designed to damage his credibility.
Getting the claims he was going to go back to Fianna Fáil, Mr Conaghan told the Democrat: “There is not a shred of truth to these malicious rumours - they are only intended to damage and take away the credibility of what I have been standing for.”
Speculation of Mr Conaghan’s return gained momentum last week as Party Leader Micheál Martin changed his Donegal schedule to include a brief stop off in Ballyshannon to welcome former Ballyshannon Town councillor Pat O’Malley back into the Fiann Fáil fold when he met Ballyshannon and Bundoran party supporters in a Ballyshannon public house.
A bemused Tom Conaghan said he was well aware of the unfounded rumours in relation to his alleged political u-turn: “Obviously some people must feel that I am making an impact if they have to resort to this low.” Mr Conaghan added that during his original quest for a council seat and even during the Mayoral election where he stood as an Independent, other candidates had attempted to tar him with a Fianna Fáil brush.
“I have always made it clear that I am an independent voice in South Donegal and I will continue in that vein.
“I attend the Donegal Electoral Area meetings and whereas I do not have a voice at the table I work very closely with councillors from all parties and council officials.
“I am not interested in what party they support, I am only interested in getting the job done.
“When people voted for me they voted for Tom Conaghan - not Fianna Fáil, not Fine Gael, not Sinn Féin - they wanted an independent voice and that’s what they are getting,” he said.