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Independent TDs Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shortall and Stephen Donnelly to launch new party next week

Published 11/07/2015 | 17:15

Independent TDs Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shortall and Stephen Donnelly have agreed to formally launch a new “political venture”.

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The three TDs are set to make a “major announcement” about the new party next Wednesday.

The trio have been engaged in discussions for several months in an effort to agree a platform ahead of the next General Election.

The new party follows the establishment of Renua by former Fine Gael junior minister Lucinda Creighton and several other TDs while Independent TD Shane Ross is the leader of an Alliance of TDs.

In a statement, the TDs said: “We are excited to be working together to offer a new credible political choice to the Irish electorate. No further comment will be made until the event on Wednesday.”

Last month, Independent.ie revealed the trio had been meeting in a bid to establish a new political party.

The three TDs and two Senators are understood to have been holding a series of meetings in Leinster House about the establishment of the party.

The party will lean heavily on centre-left economic policy, social justice campaigning and political reform.

"They've been meeting quite a lot about forming a political party and are due to announce soon, this has been going on for a while," a TD told Independent.ie.

The group are believed to have approached another Oireachtas member to join them, but were turned down.

Reacting to the news, Renua leader Lucinda Creighton said she has respect for all three TDs and that she wished them all well.

Speaking to Independent.ie, she said: “I respect all three TDs. I wish them well and welcome all efforts to offer choice to the Irish public at the next election.”

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