Lucinda Creighton officially launched her new political party - Renua Ireland - in Dublin this morning. The party's policies and its 'declared candidates' line-up so far have been revealed today after two months of planning and regional tours.
Deputy Creighton - who will lead the new party - was joined by a group of declared candidates at the Science Gallery on Pearse Street.
Declared candidates include Mrs Creighton, economist Eddie Hobbs, Jack and Jill foundation co-founder Jonathan Irwin, Wicklow TD Billy Timmins (who will also serve as the party's deputy leader) and Offaly County Council's John Leahy.
Renua Ireland has also revealed party policies on issues such as role of the state, agriculture, Europe, welfare, justice and public service. You can read about Renua Ireland's policies here.
On abortion, the party says "we will be the only political party in Ireland and across Europe that has an open party position on Abortion... we do not believe party politics in Ireland has a place for issues of conscience."
On Irish Water, the party explains, "we are in favour of investment in our water infrastructure. It has been allowed to decay for generations. Access to safe, clean water is a basic necessity of life. We fundamentally disagree with how water charges have been introduced and will continue to do so until Irish Water has been radically reformed, and public waste eliminated."
Newstalk's Political Editor Shane Coleman spoke to Pat Kenny about Renua Ireland:
Originally posted at 7.06am