You wait 30 years for a new party ... suddenly three arrive together
Then, maybe, there were three. Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmins launched Renua Ireland on March 13. Then Independent TDs Shane Ross, Michael Fitzmaurice and Finian McGrath talked about putting together a loose confederation of independent politicians.
Now Dáil Éireann's star of the moment, Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and other independents are the focus of speculation about a new party. Talks are said at this point to be "tentative and at an early stage".
The battle for the considerable non-aligned vote is definitely hotting up. At its height surveys indicated that 'Independents and Others' could command up to one-third of the vote.