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Upbeat McWilliams vows 'Obama-style' campaign

Kevin Keane

Published 01/02/2011 | 05:00

Economist David McWilliams in Capel Street, Dublin, yesterday offering to help independent candidates. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Economist David McWilliams in Capel Street, Dublin, yesterday offering to help independent candidates. Photo: Steve Humphreys

ECONOMIST David McWilliams has promised to unleash an "Obama-style campaign" to provide independent Dail candidates with economic advice during the coming election.

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And he insisted a political movement he attempted to launch last week was not dead, but rather had only just started.

Mr McWilliams yesterday said a meeting he held to enlist volunteers was a continuation of the 'Democracy Now' idea.

'Democracy Now' appeared to collapse last weekend after a number of public figures, including football pundit Eamon Dunphy and media commentator Fintan O'Toole, decided there was not enough time to mount a challenge to the established political parties before polling day.

The collapse sparked anger from a number of those who were associated with the movement.

Mr McWilliams last night fended off the criticism, saying his latest endeavour was a continuation of the work he was to carry out for 'Democracy Now'.

"I was the economic adviser for a group of Independents who were big public figures, this is exactly the same thing," he told the Irish Independent.

More than 70 people attended the meeting yesterday which put in place a structure to give any Independent candidate running for the Dail access to Mr McWilliams' advice.

Irish Independent

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