New Party, New Politics
Outside Leinster House, political apathy is on the increase and voter turnout, particularly among younger voters continues to fall, while inside parliament, the largest majority in Irish history controls a Dail; where almost half of the TDs sitting were not members of the previous Dail; where intrigue, defections and break away groups are more a part of this House than any previous collection of politicians in the country…
So, is the time ripe for a new type of politics in Ireland, or a even brand new political party? If so will it be the Reform Alliance or a new Left, a replacement for the Progressive Democrats or a brand new political organisation for the 21st century?
This is just one of the topics due for discussion by at Winter Tales, the Dalkey Book Festival at Christmas, taking place this Saturday 7th December at Dalkey Town Hall in Dublin. With Sean were two of those tipped to be leaders of any new political party, as well as two seasoned commentators on the Irish political landscape.
Reform Alliance founder and Dublin South East TD, Lucinda Creighton; Dearbhail McDonald Associate Editor of the Irish Independent; Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow, Stephen Donnelly and Deputy Editor of the Sunday Business Post, Pat Leahy.