Peadar Tóibín’s new anti-abortion republican party will hold a public meeting in Galway next week as part of a series of meetings taking place across the country.
The TD will be speaking at the event which will take place in the Menlo Park Hotel, on Wednesday 16 January at 7.30pm.
Around 200 people attended a similar meeting in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal last night.
He says that he has been blown away by the level of support and that there has been an ‘avalanche of people’, from a Fianna Fáil or Sinn Féin background, who have got in contact about the new movement.
Many of these people are seriously frustrated that the leaderships of their parties do not represent them anymore, according to the Meath West TD.
Peadar Tóibín TD left Sinn Féin recently due to his opposition to abortion and the new party is also a left-leaning All-Ireland republican party but with strong pro-life views.
The ex-Sinn Féin TD said that it’s like ‘watching a pressure cooker valve being released at meetings’.
“People are saying that they have no one to vote for, that all the parties are uniform on so many issues. The truth is respectful opposition is not the enemy, it’s an important part of a health a democracy,” he said.
“People in housing crisis, who have health care issues and are struggling to makes ends meet want and need their issues to be crowbarred back up the political priority agenda.
“Yet the political establishment seem to be prioritising everything else but economic justice.
“We are an All-Ireland party. We seek the unity of the Irish people north and south. We seek the self-determination and Irish independence north and south.
“A seek to develop a broad inclusive organisation to achieve that. It is our view that that Sinn Féin has narrowed the space in which people can participate. We will be broader and much more welcoming.”
The new party believes that ‘all human life should be protected and that no mother or child should be left behind’.
“We seek to protect the most vulnerable in society at all stages of life. We believe that all of the necessary economic and social supports must be provided to mothers and families to ensure that they know that they can raise their children in confidence,” he added.