The Irish Times

Resignatio­n of councillor demanded

- STEPHEN MAGUIRE

A special meeting of Donegal County Council has passed a motion calling for the resignatio­n of councillor John O’Donnell.

The Independen­t politician appeared in an RTÉ Investigat­es programme earlier this week which alleged he had asked for payment in return for helping a fictitious wind farm company to set up in Donegal.

Despite being filmed asking for a payment to be made to a third party, Mr O’Donnell (34) claims he was “entrapped”. He said his only interest was to secure investment and jobs for Donegal.

A group of protesters with posters calling for Mr O’Donnell’s resignatio­n gathered in the council chamber for the meeting, which lasted almost three hours.

John Campbell (Independen­t), a former council chairman, put forward a motion that Mr O’Donnell resign from the council until procedures under part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001 were exhausted.

The Fine Gael members of the council supported the motion as did some Independen­ts, Labour and Sinn Féin.

Fianna Fáil members said they were against all corruption and that Mr O’Donnell’s position was untenable.

Donegal County Council said earlier that the matters raised in the programme were being examined as an matter of urgency.

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