Frank McBrearty’s remarkable journey - from Morris to Mayor

Labour Cllr. Frank McBrearty was elected the first Labour mayor of Donegal yesterday, receiving support from every political grouping but Fiannna Fáil at the council’s annual general meeting.

Labour Cllr. Frank McBrearty was elected the first Labour mayor of Donegal yesterday, receiving support from every political grouping but Fiannna Fáil at the council’s annual general meeting.

It’s yet another amazing chapter in the life of the Raphoe man who 16 years ago was arrested as a suspect in a murder investigation. It was later admitted that he had been wrongfully arrested. He later found himself battling the State in the Morris Tribunal set up to investigate complaints concering some gardai from the Donegal Division.

Cllr. McBrearty’s party colleague, Cllr. Martin Farren, was elected deputy mayor.

The Labour councillors succeed Fine Gael Cllrs. Noel McBride and Barry O’Neill.

Fianna Fáil councillors nominated Cllr. Rena Donaghey and Cllr. Patrick McGowan for mayor and deputy mayor. Fianna Fáil councillors were the only elected members to support their party’s ticket, with the other political groupings holding to the power-sharing agreement they had established in 2010.

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