Tipperary TD Michael Lowry: “If I’m re-elected I’d be happy to look at it. In principle I’ve no difficulty supporting a government that produces economic policies that are good for the country.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has begun reaching out to some Independent TDs ahead of the general election as senior figures calculate the administration can return(...)

Councillor John Leahy, Lucinda Creighton TD and financial adviser  Eddie Hobbs at the Tara Towers Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Lucinda Creighton and mortgage broker Karl Deeter have presented a code of conduct prohibiting “cronyism” for members of a new party, to a sou(...)

Lucinda Creighton has claimed that because Enda Kenny “wants the referendum to pass he will therefore muddy the waters and leave the surrogacy issue until a later date”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister of state Lucinda Creighton has accused the Taoiseach of being “very dishonest” about the issue of surrogacy and “hiding” it to ensure (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The spotlight is beginning to shine on what might be called “Endapendent” TDs who are being courted discreetly by both the Minister for Finance Michae(...)

Former Fine Gael minister of state for Europe, Lucinda Creighton, held a “Reboot Ireland” event on January 2nd with financial adviser and commentator Eddie Hobbs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The launch of Lucinda Creighton’s new party will not take place within the eight week deadline she set in January.The launch is now expected in early (...)

Fidelma Healy-Eames: to stand  as an Independent in Galway West as her constituents were overwhelmingly in favour of her standing as a non-party candidate. Photograph Collins/Courts

A former Fine Gael senator linked with Lucinda Creighton’s new party has decided to contest the next general election as an Independent. Fidelma Heal(...)

Recruiter for Reboot Ireland Eddie Hobbs has said that the group is on course to have 60 candidates available for the next general election. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The as-yet-nameless political party known as Reboot Ireland is on target to have 60 available candidates for the next general election, its recruiter (...)

 TDs who have strong views on abortion were  put on the spot on Tuesday when Independent TD Clare Daly won the right to a debate on her private member’s Bill on fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins 2:32

Party politics, individual conscience and perceived political advantage all played a part in the positions adopted by TDs in Tuesday’s Dáil vote on a (...)

Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs: the new party’s watchwords are reform and change, but it needs to attract ideas and personalities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Those who believe the new political party that will be formed in early March will be a Lucinda Creighton vehicle have not taken account of the Hobbsia(...)

Reforming the Dáil is a bit like draining the Shannon: improvements in one area do not necessarily translate into a better overall performance. The Ex(...)