Sunday 26 March 2017

Far-right party's launch is cancelled

The Merrion Hotel in Dublin
The Merrion Hotel in Dublin

Laura Larkin

A Dublin hotel has cancelled the launch of a far right party due to take place today.

The new National Party were due to unveil their party to the media in the Merrion Hotel. However, following a public outcry online, the hotel postponed the event.

A spokeswoman for the hotel, which is located directly across from Government Buildings, declined to comment further or expand on the reasons for the cancellation.

The party's leadership includes former Youth Defence campaigner Justin Barrett.

In 2000, Mr Barrett attended a conference hosted by the neo-nazi extremist party, the National Democratic Party, in Bavaria.

Backlash

He later denied that he had any indication he was dealing with racists and said he attended the event in his capacity as a pro-life campaigner.

The National Party could not be reached for comment or to clarify if their launch was to be rescheduled.

The Workers' Party said the backlash to the event showed there was little support for the new party's stance.

"Clearly from the immediate opposition mobilised around the launch, that platform, and Mr Barrett's own history, are unacceptable to Dublin's citizens," Éilis Ryan from the party said.

Irish Independent

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