One of the most prominent businessmen in Donegal was twice refused the opportunity to vote in the Donegal town mayoral election last Friday.
Lynn Temple, Chairman of Magee’s, told the Donegal Democrat: “I cycled in earlier on from Mountcharles to cast my vote and was delighted to see such a large turnout. I was absolutely amazed when I was told that I was not eligible and just left without creating any fuss.
“I was deeply saddened but by the time I had got home that sadness had turned to anger and I decided to return and make a second attempt only to be refused once again.”
Newly elected Mayor Tom Conaghan, was angered and embarrassed by the incident. “This is a man whose family has been the backbone of Donegal Town and has employed thousands of people in this area throughout world wars and recession when it might have been easier just to shut up shop.
“Lynn Temple has continued his father’s commitment to this town and I wish now as new Mayor to publicly apologise to Lynn Temple and indeed other business persons who were denied their rights last weekend.”
Bernie Mulhern, Chairperson, Donegal Town Community Chamber also issued an apology. “First of all, we apologise for any embarrassment caused to any businesses or anyone else that was affected by the election boundaries issue.”
She added: “We realised from the outset that this process was never going to be perfect. We tried to make the election as democratic and as inclusive as possible. Once the nominations were in, we could not make any changes. We have taken the comments all on board, and will certainly undertake a thorough review of the situation before the next election.”
o Full report on page 18 & 19