Mayor slams political ‘malicious rumours’

Matt Britton

Reporter:

Matt Britton

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.

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.