Saturday 20 July 2019

Peadar Toibin says new political party has 1,400 members and nine elected representatives

Peadar Toibin
Peadar Toibin
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Peadar Toibin’s new political party has grown to 1,400 members and consists of nine elected representatives, according to the former Sinn Fein TD.

Mr Toibin began the process of starting a new political party after he quit Sinn Fein in the aftermath of the abortion referendum last year.

Since his departure, he has held meetings across the country with the aim of establishing a new political party.

In an email sent to members, Mr Toibin said a yet to be revealed party name has been selected and he is in the process of registering it.

He said the party consists of nine serving politicians who previously represented Fianna Fail, the SDLP and Sinn Fein. The party is speaking to a further 20 elected representatives,

The party founded 20 cummans with six of them based in Northern Ireland. Meath, Cork, Dublin and Donegal also have functioning cummans.

Mr Toibin said he expects the party to have established 100 cummans by the end of February.

He asked to cummans to organise church gate collections, local draws, fund raisers and to “tap interested people for a donations”. 

“The level of anger in Irish society is a sight to behold. There is a demand and a need for a new movement of people. We are this movement. There is no one coming after us,” he added.

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