Sunday 18 February 2018

New parties struggle to build election funds

TDs Róisín Shortall. Photo: Mark Condren
TDs Róisín Shortall. Photo: Mark Condren
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The country's two new political parties are struggling to build up election war chests to run their campaigns over the coming weeks.

The Social Democrats' Róisín Shortall and Renua Ireland's Lucinda Creighton both say raising funds has become a time-consuming obstacle to any electoral success.

Ms Shortall told the Irish Independent that the Social Democrats had raised "not very much", indicating it was more than €10,000.

"When you think about any commercial company that is selling a brand, they spend tens of millions on promoting that. We're trying to do it on a very low budget and basically door by door," she said.

The Dublin North West TD added: "We are constrained only by the lack of funding and staff. That is a real issue."

At the time of her party's foundation, Ms Creighton said she wanted to raise €1m to help fund Renua's activities.

She now says that was "in an ideal world".

"Fundraising is going well. It's a huge challenge obviously because we don't get State funding. We've had to rely on loans from people, including myself, to fund the party."

Irish Independent

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