Saturday 24 March 2018

Blow to Renua as Galway West candidate quits fledgling party

Lucinda Creighton with James Charity Photo: Andrews Downes
Lucinda Creighton with James Charity Photo: Andrews Downes

John Downing Political Correspondent

Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland was dealt a blow today as one of their star signings for the general election quit the fledgling party.

Prominent councillor, James Charity, who been nominated to contest Galway West, has reverted to the Independent ranks and is expected to field in the five-seat constituency in that capacity.

He cited the slow development of party policies on key areas and also said he disagreed with the party’s support for the principle of water charges. Renua said they support the principle of new funding for a national water service while also calling for the abolition of Irish Water.

A spokesman for Renua Ireland confirmed Cllr Charity’s resignation. “We respect James’s decision and regret his departure from the party. He’s a committed politician and we wish him well for the future,” the party spokesman said.

Cllr Charity, a qualified barrister and also a farmer, is aged 32-year-old got a big vote as a newcomer to the local elections in May 2014, claiming the third of seven seats after an impressive campaign.  He is known as a supporter of those struggling with mortgage arrears and other legal problems.

Mr Charity announced on May 20 he would stand for Renua.  Today he said he was led to believe that the party’s policies were better developed than they were.

“The absence of policies in key areas like health and agriculture is something that is of grave and irreparable concern to me,” he said.

Mr Charity also said he was disappointed to read comments attributed to Lucinda Creighton supporting water charges.

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