An odd achievement… to see off Renua April 1, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the site.
Dear Members & Supporters
Below is a link to my first video outlining to you what is currently happening within RENUA Ireland and is an initial step by us, the elected representatives, to improve the communication across the party.
As I mention in the video there is a series of regional engagement meetings happening around the country, with the first one already having taken place last week in South Leinster, and we would encourage all members to attend one of these meetings if possible:
Today – North West – McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris
14th April – Munster – Location to be confirmed
19th April – North East – City North Hotel, Gormanstown, Co Meath
Dublin Regional Engagement Meeting – Time & Date to be confirmed
For more information on these meetings or anything else please contact your local regional chairperson or Party Secretary Mary Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to engaging with you in the coming months and hopefully meeting you at one of the meetings arranged in the near future.
Cllr. John Leahy
I was thinking today how Enda Kenny might allow himself one small satisfaction as he surveys the wreckage around him after the election – that being that the threat from Renua. Remember how at one point it was the coming thing, was seen off. Now in truth this wasn’t entirely due to him. Renua was a hapless entity almost from the off. Michael McDowell this week suggested that it was a tabloid party, but that was far too kind. The rolling evolution from independent and dissident Fine Gael TDs to Reform Alliance to Renua was marked by uncertainty.
Worse again it palpably lacked a base. Who was it meant to represent and were they already represented? The answers were, hard to tell and most likely yes. Too illiberal to pick up the PD vote – due to the manner of their leaving, despite trojan efforts to put space between them and those against abortion almost as soon as they were established, too politically inchoate – that flat tax was a dead giveaway in that respect, thinking outside the box is fine, but the crucial word in the sentence is ‘thinking’, too enfeebled – of all of them Timmins was the one who seemed most grounded, the rest including Creighton simply lacked gravitas. Second rate is a bit unfair but these simply weren’t national figures. In that regard for all the pretensions it is not entirely surprising that they lost all their national representation.
Moreover they were the solution for a problem that didn’t exist. If one were of a certain rightward inclination there was already Fine Gael, and quite a few in Fianna Fáil. But more importantly there was no end of right-leaning independents fishing in much the same pool. Small wonder that the latter groups numbers increased. No messing around with logos and launches and such like, just the tedious grind of politics as usual.
One might hope that in future the media, or certain sections, will be a little less quick to call for ‘new’ parties. Even the Social Democrats, who did well, in so far as holding their own and coming somewhat close to taking a new seat, found it tough going. They may well pick up numbers next time (perhaps almost certainly if the current LP implosion continues) but again it’s going to be a slog. But then all those calls for the ‘new’ party were never about Renua as such. Part of it was a wish for simplification, part a nostalgia for the PDs, part of it simple mischief making.
All of it wrong. There’s a lesson in that.