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Independent TD seeks 'Irish reboot'

Independent TD Lucinda Creighton plans to "reboot Ireland" with a new political party.

The former minister of State and Fine Gael deputy was joined by television personality Eddie Hobbs and independent Offaly councillor John Leahy to announce an intention to launch the new party in the spring.

Ms Creighton said the, as yet, unnamed party could "radically change" how the country is run.

She said: "I am here because I believe Irish people deserve a genuine choice at the next election. It is my intention to provide that choice.

"Since last April I have been working with an ever expanding group of highly motivated professional volunteers - so that we can radically change how we run this country."

Ms Creighton was one of seven Fine Gael TDs and senators who voted against the Government in 2013 on controversial abortion legislation.

Four principles on which the new party is to be founded were announced at the Marker Hotel in Dublin.

They include a promise for political reform, a pro-enterprise stance and a promise to "give politics back to the people".

An invitation was also issued to members of the public to join.

Ms Creighton added: "We want to 'reboot Ireland' and we want those who are as passionate about this country as we are to join us on this mission."

Planning for the new party has been under way since last April and more than 100 people have been working in a voluntary capacity in areas such as policy, research, IT, communications and party structure, it was claimed.

Economist and presenter, Eddie Hobbs said he had signed up because he felt let down by traditional parties.

He said: "The traditional parties have failed to grasp that the democratic revolution of the last general election was not an event but a process and are now being deserted in droves by people searching for a new way ahead - and that includes me, a father of four children, someone working, contributing and running small businesses here since I was sixteen - that's 36 years ago."

Meanwhile, John Leahy said he wanted to tackle the demise of rural Ireland.

He said: "I, like many others in this political movement, see the demise of rural Ireland unfold before our very eyes. A modern Ireland should be proud of its rural traditions.

"This new movement will embrace the views of rural Ireland. We will act on the issue of rural demise in a focussed and determined manner."

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