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10th Nov 2023

Two TDs are forming a new Irish political party

Stephen Porzio


It is set to be Ireland’s 27th political party.

Independent TDs Michael Collins and Richard O’Donoghue are forming a new Irish political party.

Titled the Independent Ireland Party, it has already applied to become a registered political party eligible to stand candidates in Ireland’s Dáil, as well as in local and European elections.

In a statement on Friday morning (10 November), the Electoral Commission said that the Registrar of Political Parties has given notice of his “intention to approve” the application.

Collins would be the Independent Ireland Party’s leader and O’Donoghue would be its general secretary.


Michael Collins and Richard O’Donoghue are forming a new political party

“The decision made by the Chief Executive of An Coimisiún Toghcháin, the Electoral Commission, Mr. Art O’Leary, as Ireland’s Registrar of Political Parties, will become effective after a 21-day appeal period, or the outcome of any such appeal,” the Electoral Commission statement reads.

“If registered as Ireland’s 27th political party, Independent Ireland will have two elected Dáil Deputies among its membership – Michael Collins TD (Party Leader) and Richard O’ Donoghue TD (General Secretary).

“The formal notification has today been published in the official Irish State gazette, Iris Oifigiúil.”

Collins’ constituency is Cork South-West, while O’Donoghue’s is Limerick County.

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