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Are we witnessing the birth of a new party?


Christy Burke.

Christy Burke.

Christy Burke.

Politics makes strange bedfellows, as the old adage goes.

I was reminded of this when I learned that the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke is considering joining with turf-cutting Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice to form a new political party.

Burke has added his name to the growing ranks of, as yet unnamed, potential candidates under Fitzmaurice's banner.

The north inner city mainstay spoke in glowing terms this week of Fitzmaurice, the TD elected to replace Luke Ming Flanagan in Roscommon-South Leitrim.

He spoke of him as a man with the "human touch", who is "in touch with the people".

I agree. Michael Fitzmaurice, his straight views and plain-talking manner, has come across in recent months as a breath of fresh air.

This man of the soil has gained more than a few admirers and it's been reported that he's planning to run up to 25 candidates under his movement in the next General Election.


This proposed political venture is indeed an exciting prospect.

And with Christy Burke's endorsement ringing in his ears it's clear that Fitzmaurice has vital city support as well as that of country people.

Are we witnessing the birth of something new here? It certainly looks so. And could this alliance be the end of the longstanding urban-rural divide in Irish politics? That could be likely to.

Either, from Summerhill to South Leitrim, there could be interesting times ahead.