A new political party named Renua Ireland has been launched in Ireland.
Leader Lucinda Creighton revealed the name, which is Irish for “new era,” at the party’s launch in the Science Gallery in Dublin on Friday. Creighton and the party’s legal advisor Lisa Chambers, lodged the party’s formal registration papers and constitution with the clerk of the Dáil an hour before the party launch.
Creighton outlined the guiding principles of the new party at the event, the Irish Times reports.
She said she wanted the party to be open-minded and open to everyone.
“We began a movement in January which has been gaining traction and support every since,” she said.
“We intend to govern in the sunshine. We should trust Irish citizens with the truth.
“We think that enticing new blood, new thinking and new decision-making at the highest possible level should be [ENCOURAGED],” she said.
Creighton said the party would unveil 16 policy proposals but it was not completed and the formation of policy would be a dynamic process.
It was revealed that the part would apply time limits to Ministerial terms, to avoid what Creighton described as “stagnation and group think.”
The Irish Times reports that the new party will be organized into seven regional branches and so far has had advanced discussions with 180 people identified as being potential candidates for the party. The party’s membership will ultimately decide on all candidates through an online poll system.
Other leading members of the new party are deputy leader Billy Timmins TD, Terence Flanagan TD, Senator Paul Bradford and businessman Eddie Hobbs.
Businessman and charity head Jonathan Irwin also attended the event and is likely to be a candidate as is Co Offaly councillor John Leahy. Childcare expert Shane Dunphy is also a declared candidate.
Hobbs also spoke at the party’s launch. He said Ireland has tolerated cronyism and back-room deals and insiders and secrecy for too long and thatRenua Ireland would be the first open party in the State.
According to the Irish Times, Renua Ireland will be positioned to the right of centre, with policies that described as pro-enterprise, pro-business and geared towards entrepreneurship. However, the new party has also stated that its social policies will be compassionate and emphasize supporting the most vulnerable in society.