The Progressive Democrats have rejected a proposal from the Attorney-General, Michael McDowell, that they rename themselves the Radical Party. The former PD Deputy had put forward the name change, as part of a policy document which would have seen him rejoin the party. The party was prepared to offer Mr McDowell the position of President of the Progressive Democrats.
The Chairman of the Progressive Democrats, Councillor John Minihan, said that the only way for Michael McDowell to bring about change to the party's policies or structures was from within. Mr Minihan said that there was no support for organising the party along regional lines or for renaming it the Radical Party. He added that the party would fight the next election under the banner of the Progressive Democrats and that if the Attorney General were to rejoin the party, a senior role would be found for him. Meanwhile the Party has selected Councillor Tim O'Malley to contest the next General Election in the Dáil constituency of Limerick East.