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Shane Ross linked to formation of new political party: report

A new centre-right political party involving the independent TD could be formed next year according to a report today.

Shane Ross
Shane Ross
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IRELAND COULD BE set for a new political party that will be formed by independents in the Dáil as early as next year according to a report today.

Stephen O’Brien writes in the Sunday Times (print edition) that independent TD Shane Ross is involved in plans to launch a new centre-right political party that is likely to involve supporters of the Democracy Now movement which was formed last year by the likes of Ross, economist David McWilliams and commentator Fintan O’Toole but abandoned when the general election was brought forward to February.

The organisation was formed in a bid to lobby for a referendum on the EU/IMF bailout, a structured default on the loan, and reform of political structures. It is reported that the new political party would “speak out for the free market, but it couldn’t be associated with the bad decisions of the past,” according to a source speaking to the Sunday Times.

Read more from Stephen O’Brien in the Sunday Times (print edition) >

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