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You'll be waiting a little bit longer for Lucinda's new party

The party with no name isn’t ready to go just yet.

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE PROPOSED LAUNCH of Lucinda Creighton’s as-yet-nameless political party will not take place for at least another two weeks.

The former Fine Gael minister launched the Reboot Ireland project alongside financial advisor Eddie Hobbs at the beginning of January. At the time she said the new party, with a name and policies, would be launched some seven to eight weeks later.

Despite previous indications that the party would be launched next Monday, Creighton confirmed last night that it will be a “another couple of weeks” before any formal launch takes place.

Creighton and Hobbs have been travelling the country in recent weeks holding a number of public meetings.

Hobbs told the Trinity Economic Forum 10 days ago that some 3,500 people had registered with the party.

eddie-hobbs-4 Eddie Hobbs Source: TheJournal.ie

He said it was on target to have around 60 candidates available ahead of the next general election with at least one running in every Dáil constituency.

One candidate who won’t be running for the new party is the former Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy-Eames. She said yesterday she would stand as an independent in the Galway-West constituency at the next election.

Healy-Eames has been part of the Reform Alliance, the loose alliance of former Fine Gael TDs and Senators, that Creighton was involved in setting up after she and a number of colleagues lost the whip over abortion legislation.

Though she had expressed an interest in the Reboot Ireland project, Healy-Eames said yesterday that her constituents were overwhelmingly in favour of her standing without any party affiliation at the next general election.

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