Saturday 22 July 2017

Recession gave us a chance for a new vision in politics which has yet to emerge

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton addresses the MacGill Summer School. Photo: North West Newspix
Renua leader Lucinda Creighton addresses the MacGill Summer School. Photo: North West Newspix

Niamh Gallagher

I'm at the MacGill summer school with my mother-in-law this week. We've come in search of vision, ideas and political stimulation. She is a founding member of the Progressive Democrats and remembers the excitement in 1985, the sense of anticipation, of being part of something new, radical and focused on change.

Here we are, 30 years later, looking for the same thing.

The Progressive Democrats are no more. Now we have the Social Democrats, Renua, and a whole collection of alliances. We have our old parties surviving - growing and shrinking relative to where we are in the cycle - and the emergence of a strong Sinn Féin.

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