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
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.
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.