Independent Community Candidate, Peter Cutliffe has hit out at election candidates who claim to be “new” to politics and saying they are essentially “greenhorns” to politics.
Cutliffe said he believe candidates need to clarify their political past and be proud of it rather than hiding from their political past and affiliation.
“It amuses me to hear some candidates claiming they have no political experience or background.
“In this election I don’t think that it is correct that candidates should do this and they should actually be proud of their political beliefs and allegiance,” he claimed.
He said that from his own political background, he was literally “born” into politics.
“Being a relative of the “Blaneyites” and was a proud member of the canvas team along with my late parents , who historically elected four Independent Fianna Fáil candidates in the eighties to Letterkenny Urban Council, Councillors Hugh Dorrian, Jim Lynch, the late Councillors James Larkin and Tadgh Culbert.”
He added that in later years he supported friend and school-mate , Jimmy Harte but felt that his party no longer represents the people .
“I have therefore decided to stand as an Independent Community candidate to represent the people in Letterkenny/Milford , he stated.
“I totally understand how a candidates circumstances change but am of the view that he/she should not deviate away or hide from the person or politician that they are,” he concluded.