Now, this is interesting. In recent times, we have seen various attempts to set up new parties which get to mysterious website stage, and then peter out. What’s interesting about this are the people involved, John McGuirk, Marc Coleman, and David Quinn, all significant figures in the public eye to various degrees.
What’s also interesting is the party platform: Economically clearly centre-right, political reformist, ethically-orientated, and socially, if not conservative, certainly Christian orientated, but not in an overtly John Charles McQuaid sort of way. It also would seem to have a clear anti-partitionist tone (although firmly democratic in its pursuit) and, maybe it’s me, but do I detect a teaspoon of euroscepticism? Given the protagonists, that’s hardly surprising. I have to say, it’s a very attractive package, and I could see it getting some traction.
There will be some who latch onto the David Quinn involvement and start waving around a “far-right Catholic” label, which I think would be unfair. Even social liberals like me should accept that what we are trying to build here is a society where devout religious conservatives and gay secular liberals (for example) can co-exist peacefully, and that there is no current serious party that openly stands up for the rights of the religious.
One other interesting point is the group’s specific rejection of members with racist or anti-semitic views. Could a pro-Israeli policy emerge later? Indeed, would it be such a bad thing for Irish voters to have that option?