Saturday 21 October 2017

D-Day: Reboot Ireland to launch on March 2

Offaly councillor John Leahy, Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs at the press conference
Offaly councillor John Leahy, Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs at the press conference
Lucinda Crieghton TD and Eddie Hobbs revealed plans for her party to run a candidate in every constituency in the upcoming general election
Lucinda Creighton

David Kearns

The Irish reboot has a date as Independent TD Lucinda Creighton’s would-be party announces early March as its launched date.

The former Fine Gael deputy has been cagey about when the new political party would officially spring up but speaking on RTE’s Drivetime Offaly councillor John Leahy said that the party would be unveiling itself on the 2nd March.

“We going to launch end of February, something we’ve been saying along, and we’re looking at March 2 as the day,” he said.

Asked if the party had decided on a name, Mr Leahy brushed off the comment, replying that: “The name and polices will come from the ground up.”

“We’ve 3,000 people signed up to help ‘Reboot Ireland’ and we will be talking to these people as we beginning the first of nine regional meetings tonight.”

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Mr Leahy said that there were some 70 candidates being looked at for the election, a number of who were sitting politicians that would be “nailing their colours to the mask” come the launch in March.

Appearing earlier on Newstalk Lunchtime, Lucinda Creighton told Jonathan Healy that: “in constituencies terms, we have pretty much the whole country covered in terms of people expressing interest.”

On the subject of policy, she said that potential candidates were being asked to think about four key priorities: building an economy for entrepreneurs; giving politics back to the people; reforming the public service; and creating a clear social objective for government.

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