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An odd achievement… to see off Renua April 1, 2016

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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 mary_m_kennedy@yahoo.ie

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.

Regards
Cllr. John Leahy
RENUA Ireland

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.

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1. dublinstreams - April 1, 2016

will they get a second run at it sooner then in 5 years time? how much state funding can they get and spend in that time

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dmoc - April 1, 2016

I think state funding is 150K euro for ~2%. Eamon Ryan said it would allow the greens an office and a couple of assistants, which is a huge break for a small volunteer party like the Greens, but for a party like Renua, it won’t go far. It’s not like they have a nationwide base of volunteers to schlep up and down lamp-posts pro bono. Might pay for a few more posters though.

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WorldbyStorm - April 1, 2016

That’s a really interesting comparison between Renua and the GP. I think that you’re right and the reasons the GP continues whereas Renua hasn’t are multiple. Shallow roots, lack of a real central goal (they couldn’t go the anti-abortion route though that was the immediate cause if their splintering away) lack of particularly good pols, no real or coherent organisational strength, and what precisely was their ideology? The GP like it or loath it does have a broader political/ideological tradition it can lock into.

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Aonrud ⚘ - April 1, 2016

The GP must have maintained more of an organisational base than their wipe-out in 2011 and lack of visibility since would suggest. They still ran in most constituencies this time, didn’t they? Which is presumably more than most small parties could manage.

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dmoc - April 1, 2016

Yeah, they ran in every constituency. They were clearly shooting for the 2%.

Greens are also a nightmare for Labour, as they give middle class protest voters an alternative. Now that they’re seen as ‘back in the running’, should soak up a few more Labour votes also. There were very heavy Green/Labour transfers I noticed. Chipped off 1% of Lab support, I’d guess.

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WorldbyStorm - April 1, 2016

The middle class thing is very significant. They took seats in two of the most middle class constituencies in the state. No small trick given where they were five years ago.

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dmoc - April 1, 2016

Just took a look through the Dublin constituencies; the Greens’ next 3 best-placed candidates all eliminated well back. Though a party gets another 1 or 2%, that changes pretty damned quick.

Still, these are still well out of contention on these numbers, and they are the next best placed. (Unlike SF, who lost 6 or 7 seats by double digits or low hundreds, and could win 30+ with a very slight % bump on Feb, it’ll take a lot more for any of the remaining Greens to eke in).

Hopefully no more Paul Gogartys, fingers-crossed. The last couple of Dails have had some doozies.

Dun L, Ossian Smyth
http://www.irishtimes.com/election-2016/dun-laoghaire

Dublin Fingal, Joe O Brien
http://www.irishtimes.com/election-2016/dublin-fingal

Dublin West, R O Gorman
http://www.irishtimes.com/election-2016/dublin-west

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WorldbyStorm - April 1, 2016

Indeed between the GP and the SDs the LP could be in yet deeper serious trouble. If I were they I wouldn’t be too keen on an election any time soon.

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2. irishelectionliterature - April 1, 2016

Interesting that the only Renua public rep without an FG background is to the fore in this communication.
With Lucinda out of the limelight maybe Leahy can take them in a different direction. Although it’s hard to know where.

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rockroots - April 2, 2016

I heard Lucinda in a radio interview a couple of weeks back basically say she would be taking a sabbatical from politics as soon as loose ends were tied up. Could they do better without her? Seems unlikely to me.

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paulculloty82 - April 2, 2016

The Indo reported last week that Renua require their leader to be an elected politician, so appears Lucinda has to step down, and Leahy may well take over.

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dmoc - April 2, 2016

One of the right wing indos might want to join, become leader, get their mitts on the state funding!

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