Renua Ireland, commonly called Renua, is a political party in Ireland.
The party was launched on 13 March 2015, with former
Fine Gael TD
Lucinda Creighton as founding leader. Prior to its launch it had
used the slogan Reboot Ireland. The name Renua is intended to suggest
both the English Renew and the Irish Ré Nua "New Era". Following
the vacancy created by Creighton's resignation after the 2016 general
election, John Leahy was selected as leader at the party's AGM in
1.1 Reform Alliance
1.2 Reboot Ireland
1.3 Foundation of Renua Ireland
1.4 2016 general election
3 Election results
3.1 Dáil Éireann
5 External links
Main article: Reform Alliance (Ireland)
After the 2011 general election a Fine Gael–Labour coalition
government was formed.
Lucinda Creighton of
Fine Gael was appointed
Minister of State for European Affairs. In 2013 Creighton defied the
party whip on anti-abortion grounds to oppose the Protection of Life
During Pregnancy Bill. Creighton and others were as a consequence
expelled from the
Fine Gael parliamentary party; they formed a loose
alliance called the Reform Alliance. Some TDs continued as ordinary
members of Fine Gael, while others left the party completely.
The forthcoming launch of a new political party was announced at a
press conference on 2 January 2015 held by Creighton, Eddie Hobbs, a
financial advisor and broadcaster, and John Leahy, an independent
member of Offaly County Council. Shane Ross, an independent who had
concurrently proposed a new alliance of independents, said he would
not be involved in the new party, which was given a temporary name
of Reboot Ireland.
Foundation of Renua Ireland
The new party was launched on Friday 13 March 2015 in Dublin, followed
by media appearances by its leading members. Creighton and party
Eddie Hobbs appeared on RTÉ's The Late Late Show to explain
their policies. Hobbs denied he was planning to stand for election,
although the party's website claimed that he would be a candidate.
Its elected representatives on its foundation were TDs Lucinda
Billy Timmins and Terence Flanagan, Senators Paul Bradford
and Mary Ann O'Brien, and Councillors John Leahy (Offaly) and Ronan
McMahon. O'Brien, a Taoiseach's nominee to the Seanad, stated that she
would not join the party until the general election campaign.
Eddie Hobbs was announced as party president, and
later announced that he would not stand for election.
Later recruits included councillors
Patrick McKee (Kilkenny, elected
for Fianna Fáil), James Charity (Galway, elected as an
Independent), Frank Durkan (Mayo, elected as an Independent), and
Keith Redmond (Fingal, elected for Fine Gael). Charity, who had
joined on 20 May 2015, left Renua on 30 July. Journalist John
Drennan joined as the party's director of communications and political
On 22 May 2015 the first
Renua Ireland candidate to face election was
Patrick McKee in the Carlow–Kilkenny by-election. He
finished fourth, with 9.5% of the first-preference vote.
Although the Irish abortion debate was what precipitated Creighton's
defection from Fine Gael, the party initially stated that it was not
taking a position on the issue and would allow members a free
vote, before later stating that it was a pro-life party that will
ask all representatives to oppose a repeal of the Eighth Amendment,
which places the life of the unborn on an equal footing to the life of
2016 general election
The party had hoped to run between 50 and 60 candidates in the 2016
general election, with at least one in each Dáil
In January 2016, Renua announced a list of 18 candidates and published
a manifesto. The main points of the manifesto included a flat
personal tax rate of 23%, and a three-strikes law which would
require mandatory life sentences on a third conviction for serious
crimes. The flat tax rate was criticised by
Fianna Fáil and Fine
Gael and described by Labour's Kevin Humphreys as "too right-wing for
At close of nominations, 26 candidates were standing for the party at
the 2016 general election.
At the 2016 general election, incumbent TDs Billy Timmins, Terence
Flanagan, and party leader
Lucinda Creighton all lost their seats,
leaving Renua with no representation in the Dáil. Nevertheless,
the party won over 2% of first-preference votes, which means that it
will be entitled to a quarter of a million euro of annual state
funding for the duration of the next government. Following the
defeat, Creighton insisted that Renua would continue and would field
candidates for the next local elections in 2019.
On 14 May 2016, in the aftermath of the general election and following
the formation of the new government, Creighton resigned as leader of
Renua. Deputy Leader
Billy Timmins had already resigned, and
Eddie Hobbs resigned from the party in June.
At the party's AGM in September 2016, John Leahy, an Offaly County
Councillor, was selected as party leader, and businesswoman Mailo
Power was elected as party president. In November 2016, Power
resigned from the position of party president and from the party. By
December 2016, Councillors
Patrick McKee and Keith Redmond had both
resigned from the party, leaving its leader, John Leahy, and Ronan
McMahon, a councillor in South Dublin County Council, as its only
At the parties 2nd AGM held in Tullamore in November 2017, Leahy said
the party was "ready to field 17 candidates" in any general election
triggered by the imminent Dáil motion of no confidence in Frances
Fitzgerald. The 2017 AGM was addressed by John Waters.
Renua has a policy programme published in addition to its election
manifesto of 2016. It claims policies are centred around an
evidence-based approach regardless of where that policy may be viewed
ideologically. It cites proposals for State-funded community childcare
schemes, capping state pensions at €100,000, and replacing
defined-benefit pensions with defined-contribution pensions as
The party has stated that "we would be strongly against further
integration of the EU, particularly with relation to taxation or
military affairs, and believe strongly that the EU works best when
member countries are recognised fully as sovereign countries coming
voluntarily together to promote economic cooperation rather than as a
stepping stone to a federal Europe."
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