The son of a former county councillor says that if anybody is going to win his late father’s seat for Donegal Town it would be one of his own family.
Former county councillor and son of the late Peter Kennedy, Jonathan Kennedy, was reacting to a speech by Fianna Fáil candidate Michéal Naughton when he revealed he would be standing as an independent candidate in the local elections.
The late Peter Kennedy served on Donegal County Council for just under 20 years as a public representative. He also served in the local fire brigade and was involved in numerous community activities.
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat, Mr. Kennedy said, “If Michéal Naughton is to win a seat in Lifford, let him go back through the Gap and win it under his own name. I would like him to take this message loud and clear – if anyone is going to win the Kennedy seat back for Donegal Town, it’s going to be a Kennedy.”
The Donegal Town man continued, “I am the only person in the field, apart from sitting councillors, that has experience in Lifford after serving four years after my father’s death in 2005.
“In 2009, I learned the hard way what an unscrupulous game politics can be, and unfortunately, the biggest loser was Donegal Town.
“My decision to run as an Independent candidate this time around was made with ease as I feel I can make more of a difference without the choke hold of party politics,” the father of two added.
At present there are a total of 13 candidates competing for six seats in the Donegal Electoral Area: Fine Gael, three; Fianna Fail, three; and a total of seven independents. This figure includes five sitting councillors.