Dublin North East Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Council seat returns to Sinn Féin

Published: 14 March, 2011

Donaghmede will have a new Councillor following the decision of Sinn Féin to co-opt Mícheál Mac Donncha to Dublin City Council. The decision follows the resignation from the Council of Killian Forde who defected from Sinn Féin to the Labour Party at the end of 2009. Under electoral law following the resignation of a councillor the seat reverts to the party for which he or she was originally elected.

At a meeting of Dublin North East Sinn Féin on 8 March Mícheál Mac Donncha was unanimously selected for co-option to the Council. This was ratified at the party's Ard Chomhairle on 12 March.

Micheál Mac Donncha is a long-time resident of Kilbarrack and has been a Sinn Féin and local community activist for many years. Commenting on the co-option he said:

"It will be a great honour to represent the people of Donaghmede ward which includes Donagmede, Kilbarrack, Raheny, Edenmore, Harmonstown and Clongriffin. The people elected a Sinn Féin councillor to this seat in 2004 and again in 2009. I am glad that the seat has now come back to Sinn Féin and I look forward to fulfilling the responsibility of representing all the people of the area, not just those who voted Sinn Féin, following my co-option.

"At the recent General Election over 2,700 people voted for Sinn Féin in the Donaghmede ward so we have a strong mandate. I will be working closely with my Dublin North East colleague Cllr. Larry O'Toole on the City Council and I take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported us over many years and to the growing numbers of people who are now looking to Sinn Fein for effective representation and political leadership."