Fianna Fail councillor Victor Fisher has said he is considering standing as an Independent candidate after claiming he was “shafted” by the party he has served for 45 years.
The former Mayor of Letterkenny says he is deeply hurt that he was not asked to stand for election by the party in the forthcoming local elections.
And the local businessman said he is also outraged that his son David was not chosen to stand after being interviewed by Fianna Fail top brass.
A clearly outraged Councillor Fisher said he feels like he has been let down by the party who he has served loyally for decades.
He told Donegal Daily “I can tell you one thing – this would not have happened if Bernard McGlinchey was still alive.
“I was shafted by Fianna Fail and I don’t care who knows it. I was never asked to stand and I feel hurt by that.
“What’s more is that my son David did plan to stand and run for election but he was not given a chance.
“Although Fianna Fail held a meeting, the general card-carrying Fianna Fail supporters did not have a chance to select the candidates.
“They were handpicked by these people from Dublin who know nothing about what the people in Donegal want.
“My son David is a very well-liked young man and my history with Fianna Fail and my loyalty to them should count for something,” he said.
The four candidates elected for the Letterkenny area are Ciaran Brogan, John Watson, Liam Blaney and James Pat McDaid.
He added that he was genuinely serious that he and also son David are now considering standing as Independent candidates.
“My phone has ben hopping now that the word is out that I have resigned from the party.
“I am genuinely hurt and genuinely angry. I am deadly serious about standing as an Independent candidate and I have already received a lot of support from people I have spoken to,” he said.