Thursday 22 February 2018

Donegal election area: Independents on the rise

Paddy Clancy

INDEPENDENTt TD Thomas Pringle has said if the momentum for Independents carries through to the next general election poll they could be forming part of a government, not just propping it up.

He said that while political parties complain there is no cohesion among Independents, he believed they could show the electorate they could be cohesive while maintaining their independence.

He said at the Donegal LEA count in the St John Bosco Centre in Donegal town: “We will working from this point on towards the next general election to have a group of like-minded Independents bringing equality and fairness into society and into our politics.

“I don’t see any reason why they could not be a part of a new coalition after the next general election."

He was encouraged for the future of Independents from the momentum over the last couple of years with the collapse of Fianna Fail in the last general election and the electorate “giving the government a bit of a battering this time” in the local elections.

He added: “The important thing to do now is to maintain that on towards the next general election.”

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