Sparks likely as Fianna Fail put Donaghey forward for Mayor

Colr. Rena Donaghey. (0302PG43)
Colr. Rena Donaghey. (0302PG43)

Fireworks are expected at the Annual General Meeting of Donegal County Council on Monday as the Mayor’s seat is set to be hotly contested by Inishowen Fianna Fail councillor Rena Donaghey and Labour’s Frank McBrearty.

It is believed the election of the Raphoe man and his party colleague, Moville’s Martin Farren as Mayor and Deputy Mayor, was arranged in a council “pact” some time ago.

However on Wednesday evening, Fianna Fail’s Colr Ciaran Brogan confirmed the party would be proposing Buncrana woman, Rena Donaghey for the position of Mayor of Donegal.

In a statement, Colr Brogan said since her election in 1999, Colr Donaghey has been a hard working councillor representing the people of Buncrana and Inishowen.

He said: “Colr Donaghey is a highly respected member of Donegal County Council by both the executive and the elected members.

“This is very important for the role as Mayor as it ensures work gets done for the people in a business like manner.”

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday, the Buncrana woman remained tight tipped, but said she felt it was a “great honour” to be put forward by the party.

She said: “There is no doubt it is a great honour to have my name put forward by the party.

“But I understand there is currently a pact in place involving another party so it is difficult to know what way it will go.

“I guess we won’t know the outcome until Monday evening.”

Fianna Fail are currently the largest political party sitting on Donegal County Council, with a total of 11 councillors.

“The party have a long tradition of nominating a candidate for the position of Mayor of the County, and frequently put a nomination forward each year.

Like Colr. McBrearty, Colr Donaghey has never been Mayor before, however the Buncrana Lady was Deputy Mayor in 2000-2001.

Fianna Fail party whip, Colr Brogan said they believe Colr Donaghey would be an “excellent ambassador” for the county.

He added: “Colr Donaghey will portray the county in it’s best light in these difficult economic times at all times..”

The Annual General Meeting and Mayoral vote will take place at the County House offices in Lifford on Monday evening at 5pm.