Labour leader congratulates McBrearty on election performance

Labour party leader Eamon Gilmore has congratulated Cllr. Frank McBrearty on his ' very encouraging performance in the Donegal South West By Election'.

He said Frank has more than trebled the Labour Party share of the vote over the general election in a constituency where the Labour Party has not been traditionally strong. In 2007 we did not have a single councillor in the County and got less than 3% of the vote in Donegal South West.

Now we (Labour) have three County Councillors and a candidate in a position to fight for a seat in the general election.

Deputy Gilmore added 'The most significant aspect of this election is the collapse in support for Fianna Fail which has seen its vote fall from 50% to just over 20%.  If this pattern were to be repeated in a general election, Fianna Fail would face political wipe-out.'