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Michael Fitzmaurice to join new Independent Ireland party

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Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice is to join the new political party, Independent Ireland.

It was formed last November by Limerick County TD Richard O’Donoghue and Cork South West TD Michael Collins – who were both members of the Rural Independent Group in the Dáil.

They said many people were frustrated with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael but did not want to vote for Sinn Féin and Independent Ireland would provide them with an alternative.

Now their ranks have been boosted by the Independent TD for Rosommon – Galway, Michael Fitzmaurice.

In recent years Mr Fitzmaurice had suggested there was a real need for a political party to represent rural Ireland.

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Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, he said the party is in talks with sitting councillors and others who want to run for the party in the local and European elections.

He said that they wanted people to get the opportunity to vote for people who are not the established parties, but a party that will be going into government.

Mr Fitzmaurice said that sitting and prospective politicians have shown an interest in the party, and the party plan to sit down and talk to people in the coming weeks but were in discussion with about 20 to 25 sitting councillors.

He also said that the door was open to sitting TDs who may wish to join the party.

In a statement, Mr O’Donoghue said the party was delighted that Mr Fitzmaurice had joined Independent Ireland, as his experience and knowledge would be an invaluable asset in delivering real change and building a better future.

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