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Monday 18 December 2017

Lucinda Creighton's new party to run 50 or 60 candidates

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton

LUCINDA Creighton has launched her new political party, calling it Renua Ireland and has vowed to stand at least one candidate in every constituency at the next general election.

Flanked by financial adviser and consumer campaigner, Eddie Hobbs, the former Fine Gael Europe Minister said Irish people were “enraged” by the failure of traditional parties.

She presented a document with 16 new policies, including taxation, education and social policy.

Ms Creighton said that candidates will stand in all 40 constituencies in the next general election with more than one in some electoral areas. In all, she said Renua Ireland will have between 50 and 60 candidates.

The new party has five current Oireachtas members as Ms Creighton is joined by Wicklow TD Billy Timmons, Dublin North East TD Terence Flanagan, Senator Paul Bradford and Senator Mary Ann O’Brien.

Johnathan Irwin founder of the children’s charity Jack  and  J ill, and children’s social worker and journalist Shane Dunphy were declared as candidates along with poll-topping Offaly Cllr John Leahy. Independent Senator Mary Ann O’Brien, who is the wife of Johnathan Irwin and Senator Bradford, Ms Creighton’s husband.

Another potential candidate is Cllr Ronan McMahon of Dublin South County Council, a former Fine Gael member who stood as an independent candidate in last October’s Dublin South West by-election.

Ms Creighton admitted that the party “has no money.” She said that they will seek funding from all citizens hoping to pile up small amounts.

“We must be as innovative about funding as we are about politics,” she told the Herald.

The property expert, Karl Deeter, is to become the party’s ethics officer and the party has pledged a strong code of conduct.

The Renua leader committed the party to open government saying, they would publish the minutes of Cabinet meetings 48 hours after the meeting was held. She said Irish people remained very active in their communities as evidenced by the broad range of sports and social bodies all over the country.

Ms Creighton insisted that politics is “behind the people” and it was time to modernise government structures, the public service and political parties.

“There is a need to liberate politics from broken promises and failed policies,” she said at the party’s launch at the Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin.

The Dublin South East TD said the party will operate as openly as possible and she urged as many people as possible to join. She said it was time to move from political point scoring and negativity and build a movement based on renewal  of  Irish society and the economy.

“We’re not interested in short-term gain and myopic vision,” Ms Creighton said.

The new party leader said it was time to ensure that the benefits of economic progress was spread across the country.

The party launch came as a new opinion poll brought good news for the two coaliton parties. A Red C survey for Paddy Power bookmakers put Fine Gael up two points to 26pc with Labour also up two on 9pc, suggesting it can realistically fight for re-election next time.

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