There were heated exchanges in the council chamber this afternoon when the issue of the Stranorlar Leisure Centre was raised. Councillor Martin Harley raised the subject calling on the local authority to increase efforts to progress the project - however the ensuing debate soon turned to farce when a round of name calling erupted.
Commenting on the progress to date Councillor Frank McBrearty accused Fianna Fail of using the leisure centre as a political football. This brought an angry response from Councillor Patrick McGowen who accused Councillor McBrearty of not caring about anything except himself and his election to the Dail.
Councillor McGowen called Councillor McBrearty a 'clown', he later withdrew the comment however in the mean time Councillor McBrearty took issue with Mayor Byrne's handling of the situation saying that he would 'get him in the long grass'.
The issue was closed when the county manager said he would deal with all the issues raised at a meeting with local councillors ahead of the capital budget meeting in March.