Thursday 19 January 2017

Time is ripe for a fresh party, but Independents continue to dither

Voters made their feelings clear at the polling booths, but Philip Ryan asks will this lead to a new option next time around

Published 08/06/2014 | 02:30

Lucinda Creighton TD is surrounded by press and well-wishers (with her husband, Senator Paul Bradford behind her - to the right) after giving the concluding speech at the Reform Conference held by the Reform Alliance at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday 25 January 2014.
Lucinda Creighton TD is surrounded by press and well-wishers (with her husband, Senator Paul Bradford behind her - to the right) after giving the concluding speech at the Reform Conference held by the Reform Alliance at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday 25 January 2014.
David Hall with Shane Ross, Catherine Murphy, RoisÌn Shortall and Stephen Donnelly.

IT was just days before the recent elections, and Independent TD Shane Ross was holding court with his supporters in the Goat Bar and Restaurant in south Dublin.

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Around 120 people were invited but – not unlike the recent election turnout – only half of those who received invitations turned up at the meeting.

One of the main points of discussion was the public's appetite for a new party and whether Mr Ross should pursue this path. The group was split down the middle.

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