Tóibín's new party unlikely to capture public imagination

Though the former Sinn Féin TD has started well, there is little evidence that there is a huge desire among voters for a new party, or that they have grown tired of the existing ones

4th December, 2018
Peadar Tóibín has recruited a number of former Sinn Féin councillors. Pic: RollingNews.ie

This is a fairly common refrain among those who have been at the forefront of setting up new parties or political movements in recent years. They have all spoken of people being sick and tired of the status quo and demanding something different to vote for. They talk of a grassroots movements that will break the stranglehold of the establishment parties.

Tóibín has said his as-yet-unnamed political party will be “a new grassroots-led, people-powered political...

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