Saturday 24 February 2018

Profile: O'Donnell campaigned on pro-business ticket

Councillor John O'Donnell
Councillor John O'Donnell

Cllr John O'Donnell ran an unashamedly pro-business campaign when he was elected to Donegal County Council at the first time of trying last year.

The 34-year-old Independent councillor for the Letterkenny area pledged to do all he could to gain grants and access to funding for young entrepreneurs, saying Donegal deserved "an equal share of the investment pie".

He also made much of his business credentials during the campaign, describing himself as someone with "entrepreneurial flair".

Having worked in his father's business K&F Superwools, he left Ireland to work as a labourer and plasterer in Philadelphia.

When he returned, he found work with a Dublin construction firm, where he worked as a shuttering foreman.

He set up a metal structure manufacturing business in Kilmacrennan, Co Donegal in 2005, but the business suffered during the recession and was wound down six years later.

He is now a director of Glenveagh Woollen Mills Ltd, a firm exporting wool to the Far East.

Accounts filed for 2014 do not contain enough information to gauge the success of the business.

However, Mr O'Donnell has said in election literature he was employing three people full time and an additional 15 during peak season.

In a statement, he said he had never supported any council motions that would have benefited him or any of his businesses.

Irish Independent

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