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Irish politician forms new party that won’t support same-sex marriage

Nick Duffy January 2, 2015
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An Irish politician has unveiled a new political party – that won’t back same-sex marriage.

Irish TD Lucinda Creighton – who previously served as a Minister of State for Fine Gael – lost the party whip after rebelling during an abortion vote.

Fine Gael previously had to distance itself from Ms Creighton after she insisted marriage was between a man and a woman and attacked same-sex adoption.

Today, she announced plans for an entirely new political party, which will become the only party in Ireland not to support same-sex marriage.

Ms Creighton called for a “reboot” of Irish politics, and pledged that the #RebootIreland party – which is yet to pick a name – would run candidates in every constituency.

All the existing parties in the Dáil have backed same-sex marriage – but Ms Creighton told RTE that her party would hold no position on the issue.

However, she claimed that she would “probably” now vote in favour herself – despite previously vocally opposing the measure and same-sex adoption.

Launching the party, Ms Creighton said: “I am here because I believe Irish people deserve a genuine choice at the next election,” Creighton said. “It is my intention to provide that choice.

“Since last April I have been working with an ever-expanding group of highly motivated professional volunteers so that we can radically change how we run this country.”

Irish PM Enda Kenny recently vowed to “campaign strongly” for a yes vote in the referendum, which is set to take place in May.

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