Thursday 18 July 2019

Lord Mayor: There is no appetite for new political party

Niall O'Connor

Dublin's Lord Mayor Christy Burke has said he believes the public have lost their appetite for the immediate formation of a new political party.

Mr Burke last night warned of the importance of independent politicians remaining outside of the party structure, as he ruled himself out of joining a new independent alliance.

He said the alliance, which is being formed by TDs including Shane Ross and Michael Fitzmaurice, was appealing to those on the "left, the right and in the middle".

Mr Burke said he had been dissuaded from joining the group by members of the public who called on him to remain an independent candidate.

"People said to me, '(Former TD) Tony Gregory was an independent and would not have considered joining a party'," he said.

"The public do not want a load of new parties; perhaps there was the notion they did, but I believe that is now gone."

Mr Burke had previously held talks with Mr Fitzmaurice, a TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, about joining forces with the new alliance.

However, he said he would consider standing as an independent in the general election.

Irish Independent

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