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Merrion Hotel in Dublin

Merrion Hotel in Dublin

Merrion Hotel in Dublin

A Dublin hotel which was due to host the launch of a new extreme right-wing party has confirmed that the event will no longer be taking place at that venue.

A spokesperson for the Merrion Hotel, located in the south city centre, said the event will “not be taking place” at their hotel on Thursday at 3pm.

It is believed the five-star hotel was not aware of the nature of the launch.

The National Party, a new entity claiming to represent the “true spirit of the Republic,” had released details of its planned launch.

In its statement, it confirmed that it would be taking place in the Fitzgerald Suite of the hotel on November 17.

The release also says that key speakers include president of the party, Justin Barrett, a man who has previously been affiliated with action groups Youth Defence and Mother and Child Campaign, two pro-life organisations.

He was also involved with a “No to Nice” campaign.

Other guest speaker, James Reynolds, is the proclaimed deputy president of the new party and former chairman of the Irish Farmers Association in Longford.

The party described itself as: “That one party, loyal to the Republic and a sovereign people, dedicated to unity by consent, that one party committed to real and sustainable economic growth, that one party which will speak for the great silent majority who have seen the beginnings of “multi-culturalism” with growing dismay, that one party who will represent that so basic of equalities, the equal right to be alive, that party is the National Party."

Independent.ie has contacted Mr Barrett and Mr Reynolds for a response to the cancellation by the venue.

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