Brogan declines to comment on speculation that he may go it alone in election

Letterkenny Councillor Ciaran Brogan is refusing to comment on a Tirconaill Tribune story that says he will contest the next General Election as an independent candidate of he does not secure a Fianna Fail nomination.

According to the story, Cllr Brogan's backroom team is confirming a decision has been made to go it alone if the party does not select a candidate from Letterkenny.

Speaking to Highland Radio News this morning, Cllr Brogan said he has been nominated to contest the election for Fianna Fail, and until a selection convention takes place, he will make no decisions.

He declined to comment on the substance of the Tirconaill Tribne story that he will go it alone in the election if he does not receive the nomination.

Cllr Brogan also declined to comment on claims that senior officials at party HQ in Dublin have been trying to persuade him to step aside, with suggestions that promises have been made of a Seanad nomination and places on state boards. However, his supporters are reported to have said he will not be bought off, claiming that the current course of action being pursued by HQ of imposing one candidate in the Letterkenny and Milford area will run the party's Letterkenny organisation into the ground.

It's widely believed that the party will seek to go with a two candidate strategy in Donegal North East, with Deputy Niall Blaney joined on the ticket by a candidate from Inishowen.