Party looks set to win no seats in the Dáil
The newly founded Renua party appears to be finished almost before it began, with sitting TDs Lucinda Creighton losing ehr Dáil seat and Terence Flanagan looking set to lose his, analysts are predicting the demise of the group.
The party was founded less than one year ago and ran 26 candidates in the general election, aiming to take roughly 10 seats.
While smaller parties such as the Social Democrats and the Green Party have had relatively successful results so far, Renua have flat lined.
The party’s stars - Creighton and fellow former Fine Gael TD Terrence Flanagan – appear to have both failed to take seats. While Creighton’s fate is confirmed, Flanagan sits 12th in the running in Dublin Bay North after the first count.
Creighton’s husband senator Paul Broadford contested in Cork East but it is now almost impossible for him to win a seat.
Billy Timmins remains in contention in Wicklow, sitting sixth in the five-seater with two counts completed.
Creighton had said the party would continue on regardless of the result, however the results this evening have seen political analysts predict the party’s imminent demise.
“They’re gone, they’re dead,” said Terry Prone, founder of PR firm The Communications Clinic.
“There is no place for them. They were the Libertas of this campaign.
“They went into it with a huge amount of coverage, a fair amount of finance and a couple of seats and they actually did what Libertas did in the European election – they lost the seats,” Prone added.
Renua’s proposed ‘Three Strikes’ law – which would see life imprisonment for three time offenders of serious crimes - “resonated very badly with Irish people,” Prone said.
“They thought that was way over the top, it was harsh.”
With Flanagan gone and Creighton gone “they don’t exist effectively,” said Odran Flynn, Newstalk’s elections correspondent.
“Terence Flanagan had 12000 votes at the last election ... I think the party made a crucial error, they never went out from being a single issue party. I think that was the problem,” Flynn added.