A planned discussion in Killybegs between fisheries representatives and candidates for the European Parliament ended in disappointment on Tuesday night when only a handful of fishermen showed up and only two of the 14 candidates.
Expressing disappointment at the end of the lack-lustre session, Chief Executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Sean O’Donoghue, said: “We only got two candidates here out of the fourteen. I suppose it tells its own story about how the other twelve view fisheries.”
The meeting was delayed for half an hour beyond the scheduled start time of 8pm in the forlorn hope that more of the candidates would arrive.
The two who turned up for the meeting in the Bay View Hotel were sitting Fianna Fáil MEP, Pat The Cope Gallagher, and independent candidate, T.J. Fay, a native of Virginia, Co. Cavan, and, at 72 years of age, believed to be the oldest runner in Europe for a seat in the Parliament.
Commenting on the poor turnout, Sean O’Donoghue said: “That’s unfortunate from our point of view.”
Mr O’Donoghue said he felt quite aggrevied that only two of the fourteen candidates showed up. “l think it does show a certain contempt for the fishing industry in terms of this. Let’s hope when it comes to election day that the fishing industry will remember this as well”, he said.
For more see today’s Donegal Democrat.