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Renua has moved on from 'car crash' start - Creighton

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Lucinda Creighton Credit: Barbara Lindberg

Lucinda Creighton Credit: Barbara Lindberg

Barbara Lindberg

Lucinda Creighton Credit: Barbara Lindberg

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton says the party has moved on from Terence Flanagan's 'car crash' interview on Friday, which she said was caused by a panic attack.

Ms Creighton, speaking to the Irish Independent, said Mr Flanagan's poor performance on 'Drivetime' on RTE Radio has already been banished to history.

"To be honest, we have already moved on. John Leahy was on Marian Finucane this morning, Jonathan Irwin was out yesterday. We are diversifying. It is not just about me and Eddie Hobbs," she said.

"We are now about promoting some of our lesser-known candidates to ensure they get a chance," she added.

About Mr Flanagan, Ms Creighton said: "He basically had a panic attack and I am not an expert on panic attacks. I think they affect different people in different ways - it's never happened to me."

Despite repeated efforts to contact him, Mr Flanagan was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Ms Creighton was critical of how RTE host Ryan Tubridy conducted an interview with her and Mr Hobbs on Friday evening.

"When you don't get a chance to express any policy idea or anything of substance because of a machine-gun approach, it's unfortunate," she said.

The former Fine Gael junior minister said they are going to begin with electing officers on Wednesday to run the party's regional operation throughout the country, with the first meeting taking place in Cork.

Separately, it is understood that the party is being prevented from opening a bank account because it is awaiting formal sign-off from Leinster House authorities.

The party is keen to get the recognition from the Houses of the Oireachtas so it can begin "formal fund raising". Until the party is ratified as a recognised political party, it can only accept pledges of donation.

One in four voters said they were prepared to vote for Renua Ireland, according to a Behaviour and Attitudes opinion poll conducted for the 'Sunday Times'. The poll said that 8pc of voters are very likely to vote for Renua while a further 14pc said they are fairly likely to give their support to the new party.

Irish Independent