McBrearty sets sights on Donegal Dail seat
A MAN gardai attempted to frame for a murder that never happened is to run for a seat in Dail Eireann.
Donegal publican Frank McBrearty Junior was ratified as the Labour Party candidate to contest the by-election in Donegal South West, which has yet to be announced.
Fourteen years ago, Frank McBrearty and his cousin Mark McConnell from Raphoe were treated as suspects by gardai following the discovery of the body of Richie Barron on a road outside the town.
He was arrested and held for murder in a corruption scandal that was to eventually become the subject of the Morris Tribunal. After a nine-year fight for justice, he was awarded €1.5m.
Last year, he successfully contested a seat in the Donegal County Council local elections, and last night he became the sole nominee of the Labour Party to contest the seat made vacant by Fianna Fail's Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher's election to the European Parliament.
"I am ready to get my teeth into issues that concern the people of Donegal South West and I will fight to get this constituency what it deserves," he said last night.