Creighton's Renua aims to win between four and seven seats in the next Dáil
Published 05/10/2015 | 02:30
Lucinda Creighton's Renua Ireland hopes to win at least four Dáil seats in the General Election - but believes it could stretch to as many as seven.
The new party was formed earlier this year but has so far struggled to capture the imagination of the electorate.
However, Ms Creighton and her party colleagues are hopeful they can win enough seats to be a relevant force in the Dáil.
Given current opinion poll ratings, a block of seven TDs could well hold the balance of power.
Senior party sources, talking to the Irish Independent, have identified where they are hopeful of electoral success on polling day, whenever that might be.
While Ms Creighton (Dublin Bay South) and her deputy leader Billy Timmins (Wicklow) would be seen as having the best chances of returning to the 32nd Dáil, the party's defeated by-election candidate in Carlow Kilkenny, Patrick McKee, is also being tipped for electoral success.
The former Fianna Fáil councillor defected to Renua earlier this year and is highly regarded, even by many of his former party colleagues.
But Mr McKee's name was missing last night from the list of elected representatives on the party's website.
A spokesman insisted that the website was "still under construction" and that Mr McKee was very much on board.
But the party is also hoping to see its other sitting TD, Terence Flanagan, returned in Dublin Bay North. His chances are less certain but the party hopes he will have enough to get over the line in a highly competitive five-seat constituency.
The party's sole Senator, Paul Bradford, is said to be "quietly confident" of taking a seat in Cork East, where he previously held a seat between 1989 and 2002. Mr Bradford, who is Ms Creighton's husband, has been in the Upper House since 2002.
The party's current Oireachtas members all departed Fine Gael in 2013 over their opposition to the controversial Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.
Other possible Renua TDs include Mailo Power in Waterford and Ronan McMahon in Dublin South West.