One would have thought that the last thing Ireland needs is another political party.
With our relatively small electorate already having an absurdly wide range of parties from which to choose, we have recently seen the addition of two new parties - Renua Ireland and the Social Democrats. And now comes news from TD Ruth Coppinger (inset) that the two left-wing political groupings, People Before Profit and the Anti-Austerity Alliance, are considering merging.
Some may consider this a party too far but I think it can only liven up the political landscape in Ireland. After all, who could fail to vote for a party calling themselves the Anti Before Profit Alliance?