Gerry McMonagle is from Letterkenny, he has four grown up children, two boys and two girls. He works as an Outreach Worker with Abhaile Aris which is a peace funded project working with republican ex-prisoners and their families and those displaced as a result of the conflict. Gerry has served as a Letterkenny Town Councillor for the last ten years, having first been elected in 2004 and then re-elected in 2009. He is a former Mayor of Letterkenny, serving during the 2011/ 2012 term. Over those years, he has worked diligently on behalf of the people of Letterkenny bringing in many community initiatives through council motions.
Mick Quinn, Sinn Fein
Mick Quinn lives in Churchill, he is married to Eileen, and together they have three children, Aoife, Niamh and Cian. Mick has worked with the HSE for almost 30 years, with many of these years spent in the role of Community Welfare Officer serving both Donegal and Leitrim. Mick has served as chairperson of IMPACT Trade Union in Donegal. He has also served as Chairperson of Donegal Sinn Féin from 2004 -2008. A keen angler – Mick is a founding member and former chairperson of the Churchill and District Anglers. He is the former chairperson of the Churchill Community Games Committee, and has participated in numerous fundraising projects over the years for local education facilities. Mick is currently a member of Donegal County Council’s Water and Environment Strategic Policy Committee, Coiste na Gaeilge, Letterkenny & District Trades Council, Donegal County Council Cultural Committee and the Joint Policing Committee.
Jimmy Kavanagh, Fine Gael
Jimmy is married to Roisin (nee McConnell) and has two daughters Michelle and Leah. He was educated at St.EunansCollege, Letterkenny, Letterkenny IT, and the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin. He has a degree in Health Administration and a Certificate in Public Relations. He is employed as a staff officer in the Information Technology Department in Letterkenny GeneralHospital. Jimmy was elected to Letterkenny Town Council in June 2009. He served as Deputy Mayor of Letterkenny in 2011-2012. Jimmy has worked extremely hard for the people of Letterkenny since getting elected to the council; he has a strong sense of community and family, and has highlighted and championed many local issues, since joining the council. Jimmy also has an impressive record for supporting local charities and clubs; he ran a table quiz for many years, which raised in excess of €250,000 for a large variety of local groups and charities. He is an avid sports fan particularly Gaelic football and soccer, his nephew Rory is a member of the Donegal Senior Football team.
Grace Boyle, Fine Gael
Grace Boyle has worked in both the public and private sectors for over 30 years. She worked in the banking industry for 24 years, in the retail sector for ESB for 5 years and now works in the public service in Letterkenny. Grace is a member of the Termon GAA club. Her husband, James, played gaelic football for Termon and Donegal for many years and they are both actively involved in the club. Graces most high profile role was as Treasurer of Donegal GAA for four years. She stood down from that role in late 2013, having served as Treasurer during Donegals All-Ireland success in 2012. She still remains as a Trustee for the Donegal GAA Centre of Excellence, which is being developed in Convoy.
Noel McBride, Fine Gael
Noel from Carrigart was first elected to office in 2004 and subsequently returned in 2009, he is married to Rosemary, and they have two girls. Noel is a founder member of Shephaven Credit Union, Donegal Motor club and is involved in the Moving Mevagh forward community group. He has also served on the board of Scoil Eoin Baiste Carrigart. Noel is also Chair of Milford-Letterkenny area 2012-2013, and served as Mayor of Donegal in 2011-2012. During his time as Mayor he launched the Donegal Gathering which was announced in February 2012 before the National Launch. Noel is also the current chair of Donegal Joint Policing Committee. Going forward his intention is to promote Donegal as a world class tourist destination.
Christy Galligan, Labour
Christy Galligan is 54 years of age and lives in Rowan Park, Letterkenny. He is married to Caroline (nee Sharkey) and he is a father of four children. Born in Carrigart, Christy has lived in Letterkenny for many years and has over 30 years in the public service, having served as a former Sergeant in both towns. His campaign issues include a new traffic management plan for Letterkenny, his CEART initiative for the elderly, and boosting local employment schemes by working with various agencies in the community. This is Christy’s first time running for election and his sister Mary Harte, wife of Senator Jimmy Harte, is his Director of Elections. Christy is a member of the Galligan family who are well-known for their local involvement in the arts and media. An interesting aspect of Christy’s campaign is that his CEART initiative (Community Effective Action Response Teams), which aims to address attacks on elderly and those living alone, is now being seriously examined at national level.
Siobhan McLaughlin, Labour
Siobhan McLaughlin lives in Loughnagin, Letterkenny. Siobhan has two children, a son working in London and a daughter at college in Dublin. She attended secondary school in Loreto College Milford, and went to college in Galway in the early 80s and was a student of Michael D Higgins, and he and his wife Sabena who Siobhan says had a huge influence on her. Siobhan has a degree in English and Sociology (NUI Galway), a H. Dip in Youth and Community Work, a Certificate in Social Economy, a Certificate in Literacy Teaching, she returned to college again in 2011 to complete a Masters Degree in Applied Social Studies at NUI Maynooth. Siobhan has managed the Donegal Travellers project for the past 18 years. She has also served on a large number of boards and local committees including the Social Inclusion Measures Group, the County Development Board, the Donegal Intercultural Platform, Donegal East Forum. I am presently the Company Secretary of Donegal Local Development and a Steering Group member of the Community Workers’ Cooperative. This is Siobhans second time running in the Local Elections for the County Council on behalf of the Labour Party.
Ciaran Brogan, Fianna Fail
Ciaran Brogan is a businessman and publican; he will be seeking to be returned to the Council for a third term. His first involvement with Local Government came when was elected to Letterkenny Town Council 15 years ago. He first ran for election to Donegal County Council in 2004, topping the poll and came second in the newly formed Letterkenny/Milford area in 2009. Ciaran is the current Fianna Fail party whip on the Council and he has served as Mayor of Letterkenny in the past. His campaign is focusing on supporting local business and he has been extremely critical of the introduction of Irish Water.
James Pat McDaid, Fianna Fail
James Pat McDaid is 25 years of age from Glenkeeragh, Newmills, Letterkenny. Educated in Glenswilly N.S and St. Eunan’s College, James also completed an apprenticeship in Carpentry and furthered his education by completing a Degree in Sustainable Building Technology in Sligo IT. James is well known for his farming background and recent football achievements, having captained Glenswilly GAA Senior team to their second Senior Football Championship Title in 2013. James also captained his parish team to its first ever Ulster Senior Football Final. James is second youngest of five siblings, Barry (31), Nicola (29), Aisling (27) and Mark (21). James is the son of James Pat Snr and Peggie (Nee McDermott) from Barnes, Termon. James is the grandson of the late Neil McDermott, a well known cattle and sheep dealer from Barnes, Termon and wife Mary. James was introduced to politics by his grandfather, the late Barney Pat McDaid. Barney was a well known card player and farmer and was a stalwart Fianna Fail supporter. Barney was the President of the Fianna Fail North East Ceanntair, and he enjoyed keeping the family up to speed in politics, elections and current affairs.
Liam Blaney, Fianna Fail
47-year-old Liam Blaney is a suckling cow and sheep farmer from Rossnakill, Fanad. He has one daughter, 15-year-old Caoimhe. Liam attended Tamney National School in Fanad, and then went on to spend five years at Loreto Community School in Milford, known then as Loreto Convent. He then spent one year studying Agriculture at the Agricultural College in Ballyhaise, Cavan and went on to complete his Green Cert. Liam has been a Cllr since 2003, when he was co-opted to replace his brother Niall, Liam was then re-elected in the 2004 and 2009 elections. Liam is the longest serving Cllr in the Letterkenny/Milford area seeking re-election. His family has a long history in politics in Donegal, but Liam says he knows this does not gives him a right to a seat on the County Council. He says his long family tradition has given him a passion for local politics and helping people in need. There has been a Blaney representing the Letterkenny/Milford electoral area since 1927.
John Watson, Fianna Fail
John Watson is a Letterkenny based businessman. His Home, Hire and Hardware business is based in Lisnenan, Letterkenny. He is a former President of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce. John says he is fully aware of the many difficulities facing business and families in today’s economic times. He says he is also fully aware of the part his party, Fianna Fail, played in the country’s many problems. John says this is something he deeply regrets and he says he will work honestly to right ant wrongs caused by this government or previous governments. John says he has a genuine interest in local issues from roads, health, education, infrastructure, the disabled, minorities and small business.
Billy Banda, People Before Profit
46-year-old Billy Banda is from Johannesburg, South Africa. Billy has lived in Donegal for many years and is a Community Activist who claims to have seen a lot of manipulation of the working class people here. Billy himself grew up in exile and has seen how people in Africa have gone through what he says are similar circumstances and he decided to take a stance. Billy has two children one in College and the other in High School, he says his two children now call Donegal home. Water taxes is the big issue he is focusing on, as he says people are being forced to pay for the governments mistakes. He also plans to address issues that affect ethnic minorities. He wants to combat racism and hate crime and bring a better understanding between various ethnic groups and the indigenous population of Donegal and Letterkenny.
David Fisher, Independent
44-year-old David Fisher is originally from Oldtown, Letterkenny but now lives in Kirkstown with his wife Justine and three children – Twin girls, Jordan, Tori who are 17 and Luke who is 15. David hails from a family with over forty years political experience. His father Victor served for thirty years on the Letterkenny Town Council. David says that politics in this county has become a business, and that the current local representatives care about their own self interests more than anything else. And David says people shouldn’t be paying anything to Irish Water until our water network is suitably upgraded.
John O Donnell, Independent
John O’Donnell is native of Kilmacrennan. His late father was Councillor Eddie O’Donnell and his mother Anne was co-opted to Donegal County Council in July 1993 after her husband’s death. John is hoping t continue his parents’ legacy. He is a past pupil of Kilmacrennan N.S. and Mulroy College. John runs the family business, K & F Superwools and has grown the company nationwide, currently employing a team of people around the country. John was very young when his father died, and he says he didn’t get to know him as well as he would have liked. But he says he has heard many great stories about his father while out canvassing and he says he wants to represent the community they way his father did. John knows he has big shoes to fill, but he hopes to build on his fathers legacy.
Ian McGarvey, Independent
83-year-old Ian McGarvey from Gleneary in Ramelton, is Ireland’s most senior public representative either side of the border. He has served on the county council since 2004. Even before being elected to the council, Cllr. McGarvey had a long history of involvement with the Donegal Care of the Aged Committee and other community campaigns. He also contested the General Elections of February 1982, of 2007 and of 2011 in Donegal North East and ran for a seat on the county council in 1999. Due to his age he is often portrayed as an underdog, “They’re always writing me off. I don’t worry about that”, he once said after being re-elected. Ian says he is still as fit as ever, and in the recent Letterkenny 10k, the Mayor of the County was the first man to sign up to take part in the event.
Donal Cullen, Independent
33-year-old Donal Cullen lives in Milford. He is married to Laura Lee Toye. Donal was educated at Devlinreagh National School and the Milford Vocational School, he graduated from University of Ulster at Magee with a B.A. Honours Degree in Irish History and Politics. Donal has always been a keen sportsman who has played at all levels for Downings G.A.A. and for Glenree and Cranford FC at underage levels. Donal takes a keen interest in his community and has served on the Committee of the Mevagh Resource Centre. Donal has also achieved the Silver and Gold Medals in The Gaisce Awards. As an Independent Councillor, Donal Cullen says he will bring politics back to the people and ensure its relevance. Donal says as an independent candidate there are no restrictions by party whips. He will make correct decisions for the benefit of the people and not the promotion of the cosy cartels in local authorities.
Dessie Shiels, Independent
Dessie Shiels is a 37-year-old solicitor from Letterkenny. He was educated at Scoil Colmcille and St Eunans College, before then studying law at UCD. He then practiced with McCann Fitzgerald in Dublin and also lectured in law at Trinity College. In 2004 he returned to Letterkenny to establish his own law firm where he has been working ever since. Dessie’s first involvement in local politics was three years ago in February 2011, he polled well in the Dail Eireann Genereal Election with 2605 votes.
Paschal Blake, Independent
Pascal Blake has lived in the heart of Letterkenny all of his life along with his wife and son. He is a business man: a funeral director, Peace Commissioner and a Commissioner for Oaths. He is deeply involved in many aspects of life in Letterkenny. In 2011 he replaced Jimmy Harte on Letterkenny Town Council after he was elected to the Seanad. In June last year Pascal Blake was elected as Mayor of Letterkenny, and he has worked tirelessly in his year as Mayor. During his time as Mayor he has done all he can to promote a positive image of Letterkenny. He will be the towns last ever Mayor after the Town Council is abolished. He believes that the loss of the Town Council will have a big impact on the Letterkenny area, and he is of the opinion that more than ever the area needs representation on Donegal County Council.
Tom Crossan, Independent
Tom Crossan is from Letterkenny, he is married to Ann, together they have seven children 4 boys and 3 girls. Toms eldest son Mark played for Donegal and was a member of the 1992 All Ireland Team, while his son Garry has won 4 National Marathon Titles. Tom got involved in the community setting up a committee to save Ballymacool which he was Chairman and they secured 20 acres for the town park, after this he set up the Letterkenny Residence Group. In 2009 the group decided to put a Candidate forward for the local Council election and Tom secured the nomination. Tom says it has been a privilege to have been a member of the Letterkenny Council and he would like to go forward now as a County Cllr.
Peter Cutliffe, Independent
54-year-old Peter Cutliffe is married with four children and resides in and is from Letterkenny. He works as a Financial Adviser (New Ireland Assurance). In the 2009 local elections he contested as an Independent. He is the former Chairman of the Labour Party in Donegal, but he quit from that position in November 2013. He wants Donegal County Council to take a leading role in job-creation & he is campaigning for polling-clerk posts to be advertised.
Michael McBride, Independent
Michael McBride from Kilmacrennan has now been a County Cllr for three years. Michael says he believes he can make a difference as an independent voice, and as an independent Cllr he believes he can deliver for his constituents, unrestrained by petty party politics, and party whips. Michael says if re-elected he guarantees he will remain an independent.
Charlie McClafferty, Independent
Charlie McClafferty is a publican (McClafferty’s bar Churchill) and undertaker. He’s married to Marianne with two children, Anna (4) and Hugh (3). Originally from Churchill, he is one of the very few candidates having a no poster campaign, instead he has decided to make a donation to the Well Woman Centre in Letterkenny.
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Jack Murray, Sinn Fein
Jack Murray, from Burnfoot is 29 years old. He was educated at St. Aengus’s National School, Bridgend and Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and later studied Irish History and Politics in Magee. Jack has been involved in politics throughout his entire adult life. While in college he served as chairperson of Magee University’s Sinn Féin society before becoming Director of Publicity for Sinn Féin in Newry and Armagh. He was later appointed as a Political Advisor in the Stormont Assembly before returning home to Donegal where he was employed as a youth worker with Abhaile Arís. Jack became a county councillor in 2011 – replacing Pádraig MacLochlainn after his successful election to the Dáil.
Ciaran McLaughlin, Sinn Fein
41-year-old Ciaran McLaughlin is from Buncrana. He is married to Majella, and they have four young children; Noah, Fionn, Lee and Sarah Jane. Ciaran works as a kitchen and doors fitter in Lisfannon Industrial Estate. He has been a Town Cllr since April 2011, when he was co-opted to replace Padraig MacLochlainn who was elected to Dail Eirean. Ciaran is a keen golfer, and he is the current Captain of Buncrana Golf Club, he’s also a football fan, and he has supported Arsenal for 36 years. Ciaran says he wants to see the development of an educational campus which will incorporate three schools in Buncrana. He also wants to see the creation of a new bridge and Cockhill. Ciaran is also against the household and water charges.
Albert Doherty, Sinn Fein
Carndonagh native Albert Doherty and his wife Carmel live at Ballyloskey Rd. Carndonagh. They have three sons Ciarán, Domhnall and Conor. Albert is the principal teacher in St.Patrick’s Boys N.S. in Carndonagh. Albert has been a community and political activist in Carndonagh and Inishowen for a long number of years. He was elected as a county councillor for the Inishowen electoral area between 1999 & 2004 and served as county council vice-chairperson in 2001/2002. Albert has a keen interest in trade union affairs and is secretary of the Carndonagh/Moville INTO branch and is on the INTO Standing Orders Committee representing Donegal and Leitrim. Albert played hurling for his local Carndonagh club. He enjoyed many successful and satisfying years with Carndonagh FC playing in Inishowen league, FAI junior cup and Derry and District competitions. Albert also enjoys music and drama and is a member of the local choir and partakes in local drama and musical productions including the recent production of Fiddler on the Roof.
John Ryan, Fine Gael
John was first elected in 2009. He is married to Siobhan and they have three children. He is on the board of the County Enterprise Board and on the board of the Inishowen Development Partnership. He is also involved with the North West Region Cross Border Group and on the Board of Inishowen Tourism. In terms of sport John is a member of Burt GAA club. He is also a graduate of the University of Ulster with a degree in Business Studies. Furthermore he is a businessman, involved in the pub trade and he operates the Inishowen based milk distribution service. John appreciates the enormous challenges Donegal faces in getting people back into employment and he says he will endeavour to secure much support to achieve this going forward.John is dedicated to securing adequate support to deal with the sui generis issue, in order to provide a fair and equitable trading environment for businesses to grow and develop, within this context he will lobby strongly to have sufficient resources directed to the border area.
Bernard McGuinness, Fine Gael
Bernard was first elected to Donegal County Council in 1979, and has been a Cllr ever since.Married to Mairead they have five children. Bernard is on the committee of the Health Board now the HSE West North West Regional Cross Border Group (NWRCBG). He has spent the past thirty years working together with the councils of Limavady, Strabane and Derry in order to secure the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of his electoral area. Distinguishable as the most northerly councillor in Ireland geographically, much of his work involves cross border projects. He is also strongly focused on the provision of an effective Ambulance service which is fit for purpose to serve the local community. Farming, Fishing and Tourism are industries which are vital to the health of the local economy and growth and further job creation within these areas are high on Bernards Priority list upon re-election, as is the protection and sustainable development of the beautiful local environment.
Mickey Doherty, Fine Gael
First elected to office in 2009, Mickey is married to Marian and they have five adult children. He is on the board of Moville Community College, and also St Bridgets school and Glenmaker Board of management. He is also director of Quigleys Point Community Centre and is Managing Director of Michael Doherty and Sons Construction and Plant hire. He is also on the board of directors of the Inishowen Development Partnership. Very high on his list of priorities for his area is to see a project which has been controversial for over thirty years, the Moville-Greencastle Water Treatment Works brought to fruition. This project will be completed during this term as planning has been approved. Another priority of Mickeys is to encourage start up small businesses to create local employment for farmers and fishermen.
Peter McLaughlin, Fine Gael
53 year-old Cllr Peter McLaughlin was educated at St Columbs’s National School Buncrana, Scoil Mhuire and Crana College Buncrana before qualifying as a Dental Technician in 1984 which he worked as until 1992, before returning to work in the family business the Excelsior Bar Buncrana. Peter has been a member of the Buncrana Urban District Council since 1992, he has represented Buncrana as its Mayor on two occasions. Peter is also Chairman of the joint Policing committee and a member of the local Youth Development Committee. Peters priorities are; Health, Housing Employment, Education, Tourism and Infrastructure.
Martin Farren, Labour
Martin Farren lives in Moville with his wife Eileen, a retired secondary school teacher. He has three children and two grandchildren. Martin is actively involved in the local fishing industry and is a member of several local community organisations. He is passionate about Inishowen and the promotion of its indigenous industries. He has been active in local politics for many years. If elected he promises to promote the people’s interest at both local and national level.
Paul Canning, Fianna Fail
48-year-old Paul Canning is from Ballylawn, Manorcunningham. He married to Stephanie and they have a daughter 17-year-old Vanessa. Paul has two brothers and two sisters, and along with his parents, they all live in the Newtowncunningham area. Paul was educated at NewtownPrimary School, St Eunans College and QueensUniversity, Belfast. He is a qualified architect, BER assessor and a site suitability assessor for septic tanks. In the past he has worked within the roads section of Donegal County Council. Within his spare time he is also a sign writer, using the paint brush at the beginning, but he now uses computer cut lettering, setting up Casp Signs. Paul is also a keen sportsman, and in the past he has played for Fanad, Killea, Lagan and Newtown, he admits that he was not the cleanest player in the world in his heyday. Paul is also a keen golfer and is a member of Ballybofey Golf Club, he won the Captain’s prize 2007 and 2008. Paul also claims to be a seasoned DJ that is trying to get out of the game and let the younger guys in, he still plays a few gigs now and again in St.Johnston, Killea, An Grianan Hotel, Newtown, Carrigans , Derry, Arena 7 and Ballybofey. As a local Cllr Paul says he wants to try and make life easier for my constituents and the locality a more pleasant and safer place to live.
Rena Donaghey, Fianna Fail
Rena Donaghey is from Buncrana, she is married to Patrick, and together they have four children. Rena has been a part-time Information Technology teacher with the Donegal ETB since 1996. She has also worked in the Employment Office in Buncrana and worked part-time in Citizens Advice, Buncrana for 4 and a half years on a voluntary basis. Rena is also a former Inter County Camogie Player and a former Captain of Donegal. Rena was first elected to Donegal County Council in 1999, and has been a member of the local authority since. She was the first Fianna Fail County Cllr in the Buncrana area in almost 50 years and she was the first female Cllr ever in the Buncrana.
Martin McDermott, Fianna Fail
38-year-old Martin McDermott is from Glengad, Malin. He is married to Shiela, and together they have two children, Alishia and Sophia. Martin has worked in Ashley Maritn Shopfitters in Carndonagh for the last 20 years. Martin says he is a community campaigner who wants to extend their expertise to all areas of Inishowen. He has been involved in the campaign to save Malin Head Coastguard and he also sits on the boards of the Inishowen Development Partnership, Action Inishowen and the Donegal County Childcare Committee.
Mary Mc Cauley, Fianna Fail
Mary McCauley, lives in Greencastle. She is married to Leo and mother of 5, (including 2 sets of twins). Mary McCauley says her strong work ethic and life experience will be a huge asset if she is elected. “As a working mother of 5, I am fully aware of the challenges parenting brings in modern Ireland, whether that is childcare arrangements, education or safety concerns of social media. Having cared for my mother at home, I have a full understanding of the services for older people, which need to be protected.Mary has been active at a community level, as a founder member of Greencastle Community Childcare Ltd, Scoil Colmcille Parents Association and now with MovilleCommunity College action group. Mary is also Director of North East Inishowen Tourist and Development Company, which has been responsible for many local initatives including the establishement and running of MovilleBusinessPark, as well as sponsoring and part funding 20 sucessive FAS Community Employment Scheme. Mary says she strongly believes in local community and rural life and preserving rural whether in terms of services (such as post offices, Garda stations, Carndonagh Community Hospital, Ambulance services, and broadband), or taxes i.e. water charges, property tax and septic tanks).
Joe Murphy, People Before Profit
46-year-old Joe Murphy is from Buncrana. He is married to Lillian and has two children and one grandchild. He has been a self-employed builder since 1997. He says he was disgusted with the Governments budget in 2012, and this led him to set up Donegal Action Against Austerity. He has been involved in a number of high-profile protests since. In December 2011 he drove in his van from Buncrana to Dail Eireann at a speed of 25 mph. Then in January 2012 he and a number of other DAAA members decided to walk from Malin Head to the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in protest against the Household charge. The walk picked up a lot of media coverage and the DAAA members appeared on TV and Radio on a number of occasions throughout their protest walk. Joe had always said he had no political aspirations, but he says the more he became involved in the anti-austerity campaign, more and more people asked him to run in the local elections. At first he had planned to run as an Independent, but last year he joined People Before Profit. He says People Before Profit will uphold the promises made to people during the Cant Pay Wont Pay Campaign, and Joe says if he is elected he will have the interests of the people at heart.
Nicholas Crossan, Independent
Independent Cllr Nicholas Crossan has been a member of Buncrana Town Council for the last 20 years. He has been involved with various annual and ongoing events including Buncrana Music Festival, St Patrick’s Day parade and The Amazing Grace Park development. He has never missed a Council meeting in 20 years and he says this shows his commitment and dedication to the people. Nicholas believes that Inishowens’ road to recovery will involve the tourist industry which in turn will create employment. Nicholas has refused to join political parties and vows to continue his work solo as an Independent councillor. A huge issue for Cllr Crossan is the loss of our youth to emigration. He states “We must try to create an environment to attract industry and bring our young people home. Nicholas is passionate about the development of Inishowen and he vows to continue his work.
Ryan Stewart, Independent
34-year-old Ryan Stewart lives in Buncrana. He is married with two boys aged 6 and 3. He works as a personal debt advisor helping people who are in financial difficulty to deal with their debt problems, to budget, and negotiating with the banks on their behalf. Ryan as been a long time anti-VRT campaigner, and he continues to challenge, and win cases against the government, Customs and the Revenue Commissioners in relation to VRT. Ryan has also campaigned on other issues ranging from the Household Charge to the ESM treaty. Ryan says it would be an honour for him to be elected to represent the people of Inishowen on Donegal County Council.
Eilis Haden, Direct Democracy Ireland
Eilis Haden lives in Buncrana. She co-runs a small media organisation which focuses primarily on educational films, publications and training programmes. She is also involved with Tidy Towns, Buncrana and is the Press Officer for the West Inishowen Heritage Society and writes the weekly heritage page for The Inish Times. In addition, she co-manages monthly arts events which provide a platform for fledgling artists from around Inishowen. Eilis says she has become disillusioned with the current political system and this is why she joined Direct Democracy Ireland. Eilis says she is firmly committed to job creation and economic enhancement in Inishowen and she believes that in the short term, heritage tourism is the way to go. She says heritage tourism not only creates work in the hospitality sector, it has the added benefit of generating work for farmers, fishermen, artists, craftspeople, professionals and many others who provide services and goods locally.
Paul Ferguson, Independent
27-year-old Paul Ferguson is from Buncrana, and he has lived in the town most of his life. Between 2007 and 2011 he lived in America undocumented, he was returned back to Ireland by the immigration service after four years in the States. Paul says he left behind a son in America who is now 3-years-old, Paul skypes his son every weekend. Paul says he has watched many friends from Inishowen emigrate, and he says he has seen many familes torn apart in the peninsula by immigration and because of this he has decided to take a stand. Paul says he himself will have to emigrate again if he is not elected. Paul says he sees Donegal as a business that is not being operated to its full potential. He believes we need to harvest peoples ideas, brain storm together on how to make our county great again. Paul believes Donegal needs to generate its own income that stays in the county. He says the foundations need to be laid so people can become self-employed. Paul says the county needs industry and manufacturing.
Patrick McCarroll, Independent
Patrick McCarroll is a native of Carndonagh and he runs a small business in the Town centre. Patrick has been actively involved in the business and community activities in the town over the past 20 years. He is a member of Carn Development, who have been responsible for the successful “ Carn Voucher Scheme “ with some € 125,000 of vouchers been sold, als inn partnership with Inishowen Development Partnership they produced “ Visit Carndonagh”. Patrick has also been on the Committees of both Inishowen Coop and Inishowen Agricultural Society.Patrick says as the owner of a small business, he has experienced and seen the impact of the poor management and lack of accountability of the establishment that has had a serious impact on all sectors of Society.
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Garry Doherty, Sinn Fein
32-year-old Gary Doherty lives in Castlefin. He is married to Louise and has three children, Darragh, Aoife and Conor. He graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA Hons in Irish History & Politics and has further qualifications in Media and Journalism. Gary has been a political activist his entire adult life and has been the Chairman of the John James Kelly/Damien Brolly Sinn Fèin Cumann in Castlefinn since 2007. Gary says he is passionate about defending the most vulnerable in society. Gary was co-opted onto Donegal County Council in November 2013 in place of former Mayor Cora Harvey. This is his first time standing for election, although he has been involved in numerous campaigns for Sinn Fèin both north and south. Gary is noteworthy for being the first County Councillor to hail from Castlefinn in half a century. Gary is also well known for his musical talent, he is the bass player with the band Heads of State.
Liam Doherty, Sinn Fein
35-year-old Liam Doherty is a native of Convoy. He is married to Patricia. Liam is a committed community activist and fundraiser for a number of local charitable and sports organisations Liam is well known in his local area as a prominent volunteer on the Environmental Committee, who are responsible for the enhancement of Convoy and the surrounding areas. This involves initiatives such as the development of the Convoy Playground. Liam helps with the annual clean up’s in his local community. He is also a committee member of the local Angling and Cycling club. Last year Liam is a familiar face when it comes to protesting against inequality and austerity and isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, he campaigned for the retention of Lifford Hospital and lobbied to protect current services in St. Josephs. Liam says he is committed to enhancing the infrastructure in the Stranorlar E.A and driving community safety initiatives for the elderly and the promotion of facilities for the youth. Liam wants to see youth unemployment tackled, and he wants to see and to the wave of young people who are emigrating. Liam is against the household and water charges and he says he will work tirelessly on behalf of the people who vote for him.
Martin Harley, Fine Gael
Martin Harley from Stranorlar is married to Denise; they have five children. He was first elected to office in 2000. Martin is on the board of the ETB, the Donegal Local Development Company, The Finn Vallley Leisure centre, and St. Mary’s National School Stranorlor. He is also chairperson of Stranorlar Credit Union. Martin is focused on continuing to access funding for improvements in road networks and also maintenance of essential services in the area. Furthermore he is constantly available to locals to assist with social housing issues. Martin is also a keen sportsman and is a member of the ST Sean McCummaills GAA Club, and Ballybofey Soccer club.
Bert Galbraith, Fine Gael
Bert Galbraith was selected to run for office at the Fine Gael selection convention in January. He is married to Ita and they have two young children. He has a BA honours degree in business from the University of Ulster Magee. He is firmly rooted in and committed to the local community in FinnValley and runs a construction business as well as a family farm near St. Johnston. Bert is also a keen sportsman; playing Rugby for Strabane RFC, as well as being the club chairman. Bert claims he will bring new energy and fresh ideas into the council chamber if elected. Issues which are pertinent to him are the delivery of sustainable, meaningful jobs, and creating opportunities which allow his and everybody elses children to grow up in a region that reaches its full potential.
Brian McCrea, Labour
Brian McCrea was born in Tyrone but now lives in Navenney, Ballybofey. He is on the staff of St Columba’s college where he teaches history and religion. He holds a masters degree from the University of Ulster. Brian is an active member of his residents association and a member of the Finn Valley Athletics club. Brian says as an elected member of the council his focus will be on local issues like roads, housing, infrastructure and services.
Patrick McGowan, Fianna Fail
Cllr Patrick McGowan is married to Edanne, with a family of three (working in Australia and New Zealand). He was first elected to Donegal County Council in 1999. Patrick is a full-time local representative and has been involved in community development for 30+ years.Since their inception, Patrick has been pivotal in setting up Community Development Groups such as the CPI in Castlefin, CAKE in Killygordon, BASICC in Ballybofey & Stranorlar and Convoy Community & Environmental Group. He has played a huge part in helping committees in Drumkeen, Convoy and Stranorlar establish themselves, seeking funding etc., to build playschools and playgrounds over the last 10 years. All schools in the FinnValley have benefited through Patrick’s expertise and tenacity in lobbying for financial support. Cllr McGowan is currently working on many projects in the Stranorlar EA, including bringing a much-needed town park to the Twin Towns, the site for which has been identified, with notification sent to DCC Community & Enterprise.
Gerry Crawford, Fianna Fail
Gerry Crawford lives in Tober, Ballindrait. He is married to Adrienne, together they have five children, three sons and two daughters. Gerry is a former Ambulance Paramedic. He was first elected to Donegal County Council in 1999, and he was re-elected in 2004 and 2009. He served as Mayor of the County in 2008/2009. Gerry is presently on various committees, he is a member of the Border Regional Authority, and a board member of the Lifford Development Association.
Claudia Kennedy, Fianna Fail
31-year-old Claudia Kennedy is from the Beeches, Ballybofey. Claudia is a full time teacher of English, Religion and SPHE in FinnValleyCollege, Stranorlar. Claudia believes in giving a voice to those in education, women, the youth, the elderly and those with disabilities. Her key election issue is creating employment, supporting SME’s and Education. Claudia wants to ensure that St Mary’s Primary School, Stranorlar is granted all Funding from Government to proceed with their new school. Claudia is a Graduate of Carlow College, with a BA in Humanities, she is also a graduate of the National University Galway with a Higher Diploma in Education. And in 2010 she graduated from University Limerick with a Diploma in Addiction Studies. Claudia says she is a first time local election candidate with no family connections to politics. She says she will serve the people and will represent the young generation who are struggling to buy their own homes, to find employment and to meet the cost of living.
Charlie McDyre, People Before Profit
37-year-old Charlie Mc Dyer is from Ballybofey. She recently graduated from LYIT with a Degree in Business Management. This is her first time to run in the local elections, she says she made the decision to run as she is sick and tired of what is on offer from the current political parties. Charlie has been a campaigner for the last 5 years and became politically active after learning of the blanket bank guarantee in 2008. She believes politics needs to be overhauled in Ireland and simply not reformed. She is an avid anti-austerity campaigner and if elected she says she will fight any motion that aims to heap more misery on the shoulders of those who have nothing more to give.
Alan McMennamin, Independent
41-year-old Alan McMennamin is from Ballybofey, he is engaged to Margaret Kennedy. Alan is a Resident Support Worker and a Housing Officer. He says he decided to run in the local elections because he believes the current politics practiced does not help the people. Alan says the political parties have done nothing in this region bar grandstand to the media in the council chamber. Alan says the people of the county need to benefit from the property tax, and he says the water charges, septic tank charges and other charges need proper scruntiny. Alan says “Don’t vote for Me if you want NO change.”
Frank McBrearty, Independent
44-year-old Frank McBrearty from Raphoe is married to Patricia with four children, Frankie, Chantel, Shannon and Leanne. Born in Glasgow, Franks family moved back to Ireland when he was 7. At the age of 17, Frank moved to England to find work, and while there he met his wife. Frank works has a full-time public representative, and he was elected as a first time candidate running for the Labour party in 2009. He subsequently left the Labour Party in September last year after becoming disillusioned with their policies. He now sits as an Independent Cllr on Donegal Co Council. Frank says he is not a populist politician and he has tried to represent the people who elected him to the best of his ability. He says he can again be a strong, independent voice for the Stranorlar Electoral area.
Seamus Kee, Independent
39-year-old Seamus Kee is from Castlefin, he is married to Priscilla, they have one son, 9-year-old Jake. Seamus has been a member of Donegal Action Against Austerity for over two years. In January 2012 he organized a protest against the household charge in which 300 people turned out. From this Seamus then took part in several protests and meetings across Donegal. He also took part in a protest walk from Malin Head to Dublin. Seamus says through his work with DAAA a lot of people locally asked him to run in the local elections.
Tim Meehan, Independent
Tim Meehan has cited support for front line staff – carers, nurses and ambulance staff – and protection of medical card allowances for elderly and disadvantaged people among his top priorities. The Ballybofey native also wants to increase support for local tourism, increase the minimum wage and highlight sport in the area, such as Finn Harps and the Finn Valley Leisure Centre and swimming pool. Tim ran a successful travel agency from 1987 to 2009, employing over 100 people in three Donegal locations, and he supports SME’s and a rates reduction.
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Marie Therese Gallagher, Sinn Fein
Marie Therese Gallagher is a mother of one, Liane, from Dungloe. Marie Therese has been a member of Donegal County Council for 6 years, being co-opted to council following Deputy Pearse Dohertys election to Seanad Eireann. Marie Therese has served as deputy Mayor of the county, she also represents Donegal on the Board of the Border Regional assembly, and the board of the Border,Midlands and Western regional Assembly. Marie Therese has consistently highlighted local and county issues within the Council Chamber.
John Sheamiais O Fearraigh, Sinn Fein
John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh lives in Brinalack, Gweedore with his wife Bernadette, together they have three of a family. John works as a Youth Officer with Óige na Gaeltachta promoting language and activities for youth clubs. This is his second time running as a candidate, in the 2009 election he polled 1,222 first preference votes. John says he wants to give the people of the County a say at Council level, on issues that affect them on a daily basis such as; rates, housing and infrastructure and for Councillors to have more power on projects within the County.
Terence Slowey, Fine Gael
Terence was co-opted to take Charlie Bennett’s seat in 2001 and was subsequently re elected in 2004 and 2009. He is married to Patricia and they have two children. Terence received a Masters Degree in Science from Trinity College Dublin. Terence is involved is a member of the Border Regional Authority, Chairman of the Regional and Rural affairs sub committee of the Border Midland and Western Regional Assembly, as well as being a member of the planning and development committee of Donegal County Council. He also sits on the Board of St Columbus Comprehensive school Glenties. Of particular interest to Councillor Slowey is the strengthening of the roads network and the connection of West Donegal to the other major centres of population across the country. Terence is also highly committed to focusing on West Donegals Tourism, Fisheries and Agricultural businesses to ensure that households can continue to provide for their families in West Donegal. If re-elected Terence is intent on working for the betterment of all communities across Donegal.
John Curran, Fine Gael
35-year-old John Curran is married to Janet and together they have a four year old daughter Nessa. John attended St Finians National School, PCC Falcarragh and graduated from NUI Galway, the University of Ulster and most recently qualified as a Solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland. John is a Board Member of Údarás na Gaeltachta, he also manages the Donegal Volunteer Centre. John works with small businesses owners across the Donegal, providing support, information and guidance, and if elected he says he will represent the views of small business with a strong informed voice.
Seamus Rodgers, Labour
Seamus Rogers has contested numerous General Elections in Donegal. He was first elected to Donegal County Council in 1960, when he was one of the youngest serving councillors in the State. A retired trade union official, Seamus served for three years as Chairperson of the Donegal County Board in the mid-1970s. Seamus has been a life time campaigner for workers, the unemployed, inshore fisherman and small farmers; as a Director of the County Donegal Parents and Friends of People with a Disability, Chairperson of the Rosses branch of the Lifeboat Institution and an active trade union official. He has also been active with local youth and sporting organisations and has been involved in the campaign for improved cancer care services and the extension of BreastCheck screening services to the North West.
Seamus O Domnhaill, Fianna Fail
32 Year Old Seamus Ó Domhnaill from Falcarragh has been a Cllr since 2009 when he topped the poll in the Glenties Electoral Area. He is Chairman of CLG Chloich Cheann Fhaola and is involved with many community initiatives within his Local Area. Since being elected in 2009 Ó Domhnaill has worked as a full time representative for the people of his area. He has ensured that the N56 has seen massive investment and speer headed the campaign within Council to have the Water rates for the Farming & Bussiness communities reduced substantially. Donegal County Council are currently reviewing and ultimately reducing the Planning Development Charges due to pressure which Ó Domhnaill has asserted. If re elected his main priorities are; To ensure that rural communities are protected in Donegal by making planning permission more attainable for locals, reducing development charges, protecting services such as Schools, Post Offices & Garda Stations and promoting Tourism witin the region as well as protecting rural communities from large Wind farms. He will also ensure the continued investment for West Donegals infastructure by sourcing funding for our roads, water & Sewerage networks. he has vowed to continue to represent his constituents on a full time basis.
Hughie Mac Giolla Bhride, Fianna Fail
Hughie Mac Giolla Bhríde from Carrick Boyle, Gweedore is married with a family, and has lived in the area all his life. By trade he is a builder/contractor. He is a long time member of Fianna Fail and has been an activist since his youth. He is a native speaker, and if elected he says he will promote the Irish language and fight for the rights of Irish speaking people. Hugh is also a keen sportsman, he’s a Council member with Gweedore Golf Club and supported of Gweedore Utd Football Club. Hugh is a voluntary activist with Gweedore Utd FC and the Donegal Hospice.
Enda Bonner, Fianna Fail
64-year-old Enda Bonner is from Dungloe. He is married to Phyllis and they have three children together; Elaine, Elizabeth and Patrick. Enda works as an accountant with Bonner Gill & Co Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors. He is a former Senator, serving in the Seanad between 1997 and 2002. He is also a former Donegal County Cllr, serving a member of the local authority between 1999 and 2009. He was the Mayor of Donegal in 2006-2007. Enda is also a former county GAA star, he won the Ulster title with Donegal in 1972.
Ian Molloy, Fianna Fail
26-year-old Ian Molloy is the youngest candidate in race for the Glenties Electoral Area. Based in Glenties, Ian works for his fathers construction company and is a member of the Ulster GAA and National Referees Support panel. Ian became the youngest ever person to referee the Donegal Senior Football Final last year. Ian is a member of the Naomh Conaill GAA club and has held positions on the officer board including assistant secretary, acting secretary and executive member. Ians younger brother is Donegal All Ireland winning GAA star Dermot Brick Molloy. Ian has been involved in politics since joining Ógra Fianna Fáil at age 19 and is the current Chairperson of Donegal South West Ógra and has recently been re-elected for a second term. Ian has also served at National Level as 3rd level Rep on the Central Officer Board of Ógra. Ian is very concerned about Youth Mental Health and is putting the issue of youth mental health and mental health awareness front and centre to his campaign and is seriously concerned at the level of self harm and suicide in Donegal, particularly amount young people.
Joe McCarron, Direct Democracy Ireland
Joe McCarron is a member of one of the countrys newest political parties, Direct Democracy Ireland and he is part of it’s national executive. Joe lives with his wife, Una, in Dungloe. He is well known in the local area, as he operated a fast food business for a number of years. He has been involved for many years with various community groups, eg., Dungloe GAA club, The ‘Mary from Dungloe’ Festival and the Dungloe Town Development Association. Joe also has close contacts in the Ardara/Glenties area, as he was involved in the anti MMDS campaign of a few years ago. He also has strong family ties in the lower Rosses and Gweedore areas. Joe McCarron decided to get involved in politics, as he felt he could no longer stand passively by and watch as West Donegal is decimated. Joe is calling on people to educate themselves on what he says are the benefits of direct democracy as an alternative to what he calls the corrupt system now in place.
Michael McClafferty, Independent
Michael McClafferty is a small-time farmer from Derryreel, Falcarragh. Michael also works two other part-time jobs, one in retail and the other in a factory. He says he has to juggle the three jobs in order to survive, and he says he knows many people have to do the same. Michael is the eldest of three sons. Michael says he is running for election because he wants to see change, and believes the current Council has badly served the people of the county. Michael says if elected he will be honest and hard-working.
Brian Carr, Independent
45-year-old Brian Carr from Glenties is married to Marie and has lived in the area all his life. He works as a bar manager in Kennedys Bar and Restaurant in Glenties. Brian is a first time candidate, but has been working as a community activist for the past two decades. He is the Chairman of the Glenties Community Action Group. He’s also been involved in organising festivals and many events locally, the reinstatement of the mullantyboyle bridge and he helped launch the neighbourhood watch with text alert scheme. Brian is running a no poster campaign as he believes they are an eyesore and a waste of money.
Padraig O’Doherty, Independent
Padraig Doherty contested his first local election over forty years ago. The former vice principal of Derrybeg National School has been immersed in politics from an early age. Padraig has been to the fore in campaigning for better infrastructure in West Donegal for decades. The 68-year-old was formerly a Fine Gael public representative for three decades, fifteen of which he spent as a Cllr and twenty five as a member of Udaras na Gaeltachta, but Padraig, for the second time, will run as an Independent in these elections.
Micheal Cholm Mc GiollaEasbuig, Independent
Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig is contesting an election for the first time. The 41 year old community activist is from Loch Na nDeoran, Annagry and spent a lot of his youth growing up in the Rossa and Gweedore. He has a young family. Micheál is well-known for his socialist republican politics and for his campaigns highlighting issues affecting local communities. He is passionate about the Irish language and about defending the interests of rural communities. His intends to bring community activism right into the chamber in Lifford, particularly in campaigning against water charges.
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Noel Jordan, Sinn Fein
Noel Jordan is married to Maria and together thet have two children. Noel hails from a family of sixteen. He works as a groundsman, but is also a strong community activist. Noel is chairman of local community centre and chairman of Mountcharles community development . Noel is also well known on the music circuit. Noel is keen to find employment opportunities for fishing and farming communities in West Donegal.
Mick McMahon, Sinn Fein
Michael McMahon has a life long record of proven service to the people in Southwest Donegal. Married to Mary Mcnulty a native of Barnesmore, they live in Bundoran and have a family of seven children. For the last 15 years Michael has been a hard working member of Bundoran Town Council and served as Chairman on two occasions. If elected to Donegal County Council he is committed to the redevelopment of rural communities greater investment in agriculture, tourism and our small towns. Prime focus is on our youth and families most especially those the lost generation to Australia and he is a spokesperson for our undocumented youth in the USA.
John McNulty, Fine Gael
John is going forward as a first time candidate in the upcoming local Council Elections. A local Businessman, he has owned Mace in Kilcar, Mace in Carrick, and Vivo in Donegal. He is well known in the local area. Going forward upon election he has many priorities for South West Donegal. He says he is available, approachable and dependable, and will strive to do all in his power to make his Local Electoral Area a better place for all to live, work and prosper in.
John Boyle, Fine Gael
John Boyle is married to Lilly and they have seven children and eleven grandchildren. He was first elected to office in 1999. John was privileged to hold the position of Mayor of Donegal in 2007, and furthermore he has been involved in numerous committees and local organisations. Currently he is a member of the Border Regional Cultural Committee, and of Coiste Na Gaeilge. John is currently working on collaboration with the Gobbins and the Cross Border SlieveLiag Project. John says he will continue to actively promote tourism and maximise the unlimited potential which exists within his electoral area if elected again.
Barry O’Neill, Fine Gael
Barry O’Neill resides in his native Ballyshannon and by profession is radio producer /presenter with RTE Sport. In 2004, Barry was elected to Donegal County Council at his first attempt. Over the years Barry says he has fought to articulate people’s concerns on health , economic and infrastructure issues and aims to bring froward that strong voice to a national platform on behalf of the people of Donegal South West if elected again. He is the Fine Gael party whip on Donegal County Council.
Sean McEniff, Fianna Fail
Sean McEniff is a self made business man, and has been a member of Donegal County Council since 1967. Sean says he will not join other candidates in making promises he cannot keep, but he says if elected again he will work tirelessly on behalf of the constituents in his electoral area. Sean says a strong, experienced voice is needed in Lifford, and that is why he asking people to vote for him. Sean says he loved the county and was honoured to be selected Donegal Man of the Year in 1996.
Michael Naughton, Fianna Fail
Michael Naughton comes from a family of 12 from Cairns Culleens, Co.Sligo. Michael moved to Donegal 20 yrs ago. He comes from a farming family and has a strong Fianna Fail background, his late father canvassed for Minister & MEP Ray McSharry TD. This is Michaels first time to run in the local elections. He currently works in the hospitality industry, he is the General Manager of the Clanree Hotel. Michael is also the constituency delegate for Donegal to the Ard Chomhairle. Michael as also been highly involved in Donegal GAA over the years, he is the Vice President of Ulster Council Ladies GAA Association and he is the former Manager of the All Star Ladies GAA team which went to Toronto in 2010.
Brendan Byrne, Fianna Fail
40-year-old Brendan Byrne, is a native of Carrick, he is married to Carmel, they have one daughter, 5-year-old Silvia. Brendan is a native Irish speaker. He started working in the community voluntary sector in 1995,and has served on a nu,ber of development committees and development companies. He worked in rural transport from 2002 to 2008 when he vacated the job to become a full-time Public Representative. He has been a member of Donegal County Council since 2004. Brendan says his campaign and policy focus is on rural decline with the closure of Garda stations, Post offices, small schools, removal of services from rural communities. The decline in council services with roads deteriorating in condition, removal by this government of any effective housing policy and an ever growing housing waiting list. The growing pressure in which working families find themselves with ever new charges and taxes from this coalition government. The provision of proper mobile phone coverage within the county in addition to broadband services. The need for a more rural focussed employment creation policy by this government especially through Udaras Na Gaeltachta and other agencies in order to steam the tide of emigration from rural Donegal. It will be critically important that the newly elected council unite together and work for Donegal in light of the very many challenges facing our county and our respective communities. “Nil neart gur chur le cheile “
John Campbell, Independent
John Campbell is a son of Moya and the late Brian Campbell. He grew up in Letterbarrow and attended St. Peter’s N.S. in Mountcharles. John completed his second level education in the Abbey Vocational School and then went on to study to be a teacher of Engineering/Metalwork at the University of Limerick. He has been teaching in St. Columba’s Comprehensive in Glenties since 2004. John has been a member of Donegal County Council for 3 years, replacing Thomas Pringle after the 2011 general election. John says it was a steep learning curve, placing a lot of pressure on him time wise to attend the various meetings, so in 2012 he took a career break from teaching to concentrate fulltime on his role as a local councillor.
Bernie Mulhern, Independent
Bernie Mulhern is from Donegal Town and is passionate about the local area. The mother of seven runs a B&B and works on the local farm. She holds a Masters Degree in Politics and Irish History. Bernie works as a community worker also. She is member of the Community Chamber, and a member of the LYIT Board of Governors. Her key election priorities are job creation and enterprise, especially through tourism and agri-business, the protection of rural life, including the reduction of post offices.
Jonathon Kennedy, Independent
Jonathan Kennedy is aiming to regain the seat for DonegalTown. He served as a Cllr as a between 2005-2009. Jonathan says as an Independent he can make his own decisions taking into account the beliefs and voices of the people of the Donegal Electoral area.Jonathan says if elected he promises the people of the Donegal Electoral area the he will give 100% to help them with whatever issue they have, from fixing a pothole to building a shopping centre. Jonathan says he is passionate about DonegalTown and the welfare of the people in it. Jonathan says as a husband and father of two young children, he wants to ensure that young people have a town in which they can be proud to grow up in and stay in to one day bring up their own families.
Tom Connaghan, Independent
Tom Connaghan is married to Celine and together they have two daughters. Tom has worked for a national pharmaceutical company, opened his own sports shop and now farms. Tom is a former Manager of Donegal, he led the U21s to All Ireland victory in 1987. He is also involved with Four Masters. He contested the local elections in 2009 and was defeated on the final count. Tom has served as Mayor of Donegal Town. His main issues are job creation in Donegal Town and the reduction of rates for small businesses.
Niamh Kennedy, Independent
Niamh Kennedy is from and lives in Killybegs. She is married to Jonathan and they have three children, her eldest daughter lives and works in London, her only son is going to college in September and her youngest daughter is in 4th year at St Catherines Vocational School in KIllebegs. Niamh has been a community activist for many years, while she has also worked in the fishing industry for 21 years, she runs a marine electronics business along with her husband which they set up in September 2012. Niamh is on the Board of Management of Niall Mor National School, Killybegs and St Catherines Vocational School, Killybegs. She is also the Chairperson of Killybegs Community Council. ‘ransparency, accountability and a time for change’ is Niamhs motto. She says there is a clear gender imbalance in Irish politics, and she wants to see more women involved at a local level.
Joseph McNulty, Independent
32-year-old Joseph McNulty is a native of Bundoran, he comes from a strong republican background. He is married to Kelly Spratt, and together they have four children. He has an honours degree in Business and Marketing from Sligo IT. Joseph holds numerous positions on community boards in the local area.. John is also a keen sportsman, he is a coach with Iasc na Mara Swimming Club, he is also an Irish Water Safety instructor and a GAA referee.
Lawrence McManus, Independent
Lawrence McManus is from Belaut, Pettigo. He is married to Majorie and together they have four children. Lawrence emigrated to America in 1966 where he worked in various jobs in New York and Alaska. He returned to Ireland in 1989 where he took up farming and dealing in cattle, sheep and farm machinery. Lawrence has worked as a community activist for many years. He is the Director of ADOPT in Pettigo. He is also a member of the Donegal South Forum and he sits on the Donegal Joint Policing Committee. Lawrence says if elected he will not become involved in what he calls the shambles of the County Council budget meetings over the past two years.
Patricia McCafferty, Independent
Patricia McCafferty is running for the Independent Fianna Fail party in the Donegal Electoral area. Ms McCafferty believes political parties have offered little for Donegal and in fact have stifled progress in not providing Health, Education and basic infrastructure needs for local people.