Harte in talks with Fine Gael

As speculation continues about what approach Fine Gael will take in the five seater Donegal constituency, Paddy Harte would not be drawn on what his intentions are for the forthcoming general election.

However, Mr Harte, who is based in Letterkenny, confirmed to the Democrat last evening that he has been in talks with the Fine Gael party.

“I can say that I have had discussions with senior Fine Gael party figures, b0th nationally and locally. I understand the challenge faced by the party with the change in boundaries and the party is determined to retain two seats in Donegal.

“As of yet, the party hasn't finalised its strategy for Donegal,” he added.

Outgoing TD and Minister of State, Joe McHugh, is still the only candidate on the Fine Gael ticket, and with the long-serving Dinny McGinley having announced that he is not seeking another term, the party has retained the option of adding a second name on the ticket.

Paddy Harte, son of the former Dáil Deputy, Paddy Harte, is a business lecturer and was heavily involved in the International Fund For Ireland for many years.

The party is expected to decide on a strategy soon.