Monday 19 November 2018

Former Labour TD launching new 'political movement'

Independent TD Tommy Broughan to start Social Democratic Union for supporters in his constituency

Tommy Broughan
Tommy Broughan

Jason Kennedy

A Dublin TD who lost the Labour whip in 2011 is launching his own political movement.

Independent TD Tommy Broughan is creating the Social Democratic Union which is currently for supporters and people he works with in his own constituency, but in time hopes to develop it.

Mr Broughan, who is no longer a member of the Labour Party, told there is no social democratic party currently operating in the Dáil.

The Dublin Bay North TD did not say whether he plans to develop it as a political party, but hopes to get other TDs involved in it.

"I work closely with other Independent TDs. Ireland needs a fresh start and you can't do that on your own," he said.

"At present, it's a framework I have for myself and my supporters."

He added that he would only join another political movement, such as the Reform Alliance, if it reflected his own political beliefs.

"If there was a movement which pursued egalitarian and cooperative policies it would be worth contemplating," he said.

"Ireland doesn't need another nice political party."

Mr Broughan lost the parliamentary Labour Party whip after voting against an amendment to extend the bank guarantee for another year. He had previously lost the whip in 1994 and 2010.

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