05 Oct 2022

Humbled Mattie McGrath has arrived at the count centre in Thurles

Mattie McGrath

Mattie McGrath arrives at the county centre in Thurles a short while ago.

Independent TD says that the people wanted change but the government wouldn't listen

Independent candidate Mattie McGrath has arrived at the count centre in Thurles and has said that the huge rise in the Sinn Fein vote is a result of the people having their say.

The outgoing TD is likely to take the third seat in the five seat constituency, after Michael Lowry and Martin Browne.

"I felt that SF were being dismissed by the two party leaders of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael. It ill behoves the Taoiseach and leader of the main opposition party to dictate that they would not talk to Sinn Fein if they were elected - you cannot tell the electorate who you will and won't talk to. The people are speaking and we will see the full complexity of it by tomorrow or Tuesday.

"The SF vote was unexpected but I felt the appetite for change. People decided that SF this time should get the votes and we are where we are. I got a great reception on the doors and people know that I do exactly what it says on the tin. I represented all the people to the best of my ability. I'll take a vote from anywhere it is going. I am very humbled with the vote I got and I hope to get over the line," he said.

To continue reading this article,
please subscribe and support local journalism!

Subscribing will allow you access to all of our premium content and archived articles.


To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.