2009 saw the end of the Progressive Democrats as they were wound up in November of this year, but word as reached me of the beginnings of a new party. It’s not surprising that this is happening. While small parties come and go in this country one of the backers of this party, is one that will get it noticed.
Now I would like to stress this is from a very reliable source who has delivered in the past.
It is said that the driving force behind this party is Pat Cox.
2009 was a good year for Mr. Cox who was one of the main driving forces behind Ireland for Europe. Through this he set up local organisations of mainly non-political people. These are people who he is able to contact and who do share some of his political allegiences.
Pat Cox did not set up and invest his time, energy and money into Ireland for Europe from the good of his heart, I am not saying that the ultimate motive behind Ireland for Europe was the setting up of a new party, but it could easily come from it.
It will be interesting to see if this comes about as the parties who have started lately have been small and not inspiring.
While a party can’t be built around one man, the support of someone like Pat Cox can mean the difference between success and failure of a new party. I wonder will it happen? Does anyone know any more?
I have done searching about the Cork Democratic Party and Suzy of mamanpoulet.com suggested that I contact the Standards in Public Office to see if they are registered for the prupose of the campaign.
I got a reply from them today.
I wish to confirm that Cork Democratic Party is not registered for the purposes of the Lisbon Referendum Campaign.
That means of course they cannot accept donations above the value of €126.97 in an entire year.
a “third party” is defined as an individual or organisation, other than a registered political party or election candidate, who or which accepts, in a particular calendar year, a donation exceeding the value of €126.97. A “donation” is defined as a contribution for “political purposes” andc includes money, property, goods or services or the free of below cost use of goods, property or services . The definition of “political purposes” in the Act is quite broad and may capture the campaign in which the “Cork Democratic Party ” is currently engaged.
There is no way the signs they have up (they are 8×4’s) cost less then €126.97 so they would want to get registered for their own sake!
A few parties are using the Lisbon II Referendum Campaign to launch themselves. One of these is the Cork Democratic Party.
Its not very often you come across a political party in Ireland based around a place, so this is an interesting development in itself. It will be quite interesting to find out what they stand for, because all I know at the moment is that they are opposed to the Lisbon Treaty.
I am kind of hoping that they are a secessionist grouping (Cork leaving the republic I mean), because that would liven up political discourse down here!
I wont go into what they are claiming about Lisbon, but they have big signs up on the Sarsfield Road roundabout, if anyone wants to check it out.
If you know anything about them let me know!