'We can't be deterred by one election' - Lucinda Creighton tells 'Claire Byrne Live' that Renua 'is not giving up'
Days after losing her seat, Lucinda Creighton said the disappointment was "raw and fresh" but that the Renua Ireland party must "build on our vision".
"I took a huge risk...but we believe in what we're trying to do," she told RTE's Claire Byrne Live tonight.
"This is the first test for the party... we’ve gotten to a certain point...we can now build on that.
"The vast majority of the candidates are upbeat, and they are certainly not throwing in the towel."
The former Fine Gael TD was eliminated on the fifth count, pulling 4,252 first preference votes, but reaching just 4,820 votes after five rounds of transfers.
Ms Creighton had left the count centre at RDS Simmonscourt before the vote was announced on Saturday, but had previously said that the existence of Renua Ireland was not dependent on her retaining the seat.
She reiterated that belief this evening on the RTE show, stating: "Renua are not gone, we are not giving up".
"We can’t be deterred by one election...we have to build on our vision."
Yesterday, Ms Creighton thanked all of her supporters and candidates with a Twitter post of herself and her daughter Gwendolyn.
"Disappointed but happy to have some time with this lady!" she wrote.
Tonight, when asked by presenter Claire Byrne whether she had any sympathy for Fine Gael, she said:
"I have sympathy for anyone who loses their seat - but that’s politics - you have to put your ideas on the table and let them judge you."