Creighton seeks to boost war chest ahead of election
Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has stepped up her own fundraising effort with a €1,200-per-table lunch this week, aimed at boosting her battle to hold on to her seat.
In a direct appeal to potential donors, Ms Creighton has frankly admitted that she has a battle on her hands in the newly drawn Dublin Bay South, which will return four TDs.
Rival heavy-hitters include outgoing TDs Eoghan Murphy of Fine Gael and Kevin Humphreys of Labour, along with former TDs Eamon Ryan of the Green Party and Chris Andrews of Sinn Féin.
Ms Creighton was a Fine Gael candidate in the four-seat Dublin South East in the last election, when she got a poll-topping 6,619 - just short of the quota on the first count. Next time, things could be different, she has conceded.
"Your support will help fund our campaign in Dublin Bay South, which will be a very competitive constituency," she has written in a letter to potential donors.
The fundraising meal, at the plush Westbury Hotel in Dublin next Friday, will cost €120 per head or €1,200 for a table of 10.
In her appeal, Ms Creighton argues that her newly launched party, Renua Ireland, does not get any taxpayer-funded support from the State.
"Renua's general election campaign is dependent on the generosity of the ordinary taxpayer," she writes.
Candidates also include barrister and Dublin city councillor Jim O'Callaghan, and Fine Gael's Cllr Kate O'Connell. She is seen by many as having been picked to specifically rival Ms Creighton, who quit the party in 2012 in a row over the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act.
Other candidates include Glenna Lynch of the newly formed Social Democrats and Annette Mooney of People Before Profit.