Sunday 17 November 2019

Lucinda Creighton: I would like Eddie Hobbs to be a Minister

Offaly councillor John Leahy, Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs at the press conference yesterday to launch a new party. Photo: Doug O’Connor
Offaly councillor John Leahy, Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs at the press conference yesterday to launch a new party. Photo: Doug O’Connor
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Lucinda Creighton said she would like celebrity financial advisor Eddie Hobbs to be in a position to be a Minister after the next election.

Creighton hopes financial guru Hobbs, who helped the Dublin South-East TD launch plans for her new political party at the beginning of the month, will have a ministerial role in the future.

Lucinda Creighton and economist Eddie Hobbs
Lucinda Creighton and economist Eddie Hobbs

Speaking to the Irish Daily Star, the TD said she would like Hobbs to run as a candidate in the next general election.

"We were at a friend's house for dinner and Eddie and his wife Mary were there," Creighton said.

"We were chatting and he was saying; ' What are you thinking of doing?'

"I said in due course I would like to be in a position to do something that would really shake up politics and the way we do things in this country and clean it up and end the cronyism," she continued.

"Eddie said he had four kids and he was really concerned about their future.

"He said he would love to get involved.

"I would like him to run. I would like Eddie to be in a position to be a Minister after the next election," she said.

Meanwhile, the TD also said she will be taking a leaf out of US President Barack Obama's book when it comes to fundraising.

Offaly councillor John Leahy, Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs at the press conference for confirmation of new party.
Offaly councillor John Leahy, Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs at the press conference for confirmation of new party.

"We want to do it through small donations through our website when it is launched - like Obama," she told the Irish Daily Star.

"That is the way we have to do it, otherwise we won't have the resources to carry on."

Lucinda Creighton at the Marker Hotel this morning. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Lucinda Creighton at the Marker Hotel this morning. Photo: Doug O'Connor

The party has yet to receive funding as it will be unable to set up a bank account until it is a registered political party, but Creighton said there is already a notable interest.

"We have pledges through our website but we don't have a quantity of it," she explained.

"People have ticked a box saying they would be prepared to donate funds.

"I have had people call my office asking to give me €1,000 and I have to say 'Unfortunately, you can't'.

"There is an appetite there and that is encouraging. People are prepared to put their money where their mouth is.

"It is the initial phase... the most difficult phase.

"I would love if we had an office now but we can't get one until we have the resources in."

In the past week, big Irish names such as Dragon Den's Peter Casey and businesswoman Jackie Lavin have expressed an interest in becoming Independent candidates in the next election and Creighton said she would be interested in speaking to them about joining her party.

"Anyone who wants to support Irish indigenous business as far as I am concerned, we are on the same wavelength," she said.

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