Sunday 11 December 2016

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

Niamh Gallagher

Published 21/07/2015 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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