Frank McBrearty "absolutely disgusted with politics"

Frank McBrearty "absolutely disgusted with politics"

Independent Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jr said he was "absolutely disgusted with politics" as he left the Donegal count centre at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.

Cllr. McBrearty called the print and radio media in Donegal "a disgrace", saying they were "completely biased against people like me who have been fighting corruption for the last 19 and a half years."

Final tallies showed Cllr. McBrearty taking 3 per cent of first-preference votes in Donegal.

In his home Stranorlar district, Cllr. McBrearty polled fourth, with 1,406 first preference votes, according to tallies. Tallies showed Sinn Féin candidate and Cllr. Gary Doherty topping the Stranorlar poll, with 2,644 first-preference votes.

Speaking earlier in the day, as the tallies came in, Cllr. McBrearty said he was disappointed with the results they indicated. He said he had expected his vote this year to double the vote he secured in the 2011 general election.

"But it doesn't look like that," he said, adding, "I've a lot of thinking to do about my future in politics."

Cllr. McBrearty said, "As I was told five elections ago, there are a lot more liars at the door than people telling the truth."

The councillor was still a member of the Labour Party in 2011 when he contested the Donegal South West constituency in the 2011 general election. Cllr. McBreartywas eliminated in the third count in 2011, finishing with 2,209 votes or about 5.1 per cent.

Cllr. McBrearty left Labour in 2013 and was returned to council as an independent in the 2014 local elections.