One of the first decisions I made as leader of RENUA Ireland was to end the previous positioning of the party on abortion which was one of freedom of conscience. The reasoning behind this was not because I am some sort of ‘hard-liner’. It was simply informed by the belief that political parties must give clear direction. We must stand for things even if that stance is not popular or easy. It is called leadership.

In the case of RENUA Ireland the clear desire of a majority was to stand with the unborn child. This has created the scenario where, uniquely RENUA Ireland is the only party who has a clear unified stance on abortion. We have decided to choose Life.

Now, Ireland over the next six months is engaged in a battle over the future direction of our country. It is a battle on the most critical issue any society must face. How do you define ‘Life’ and how do you protect it?

The current abortion regime is not perfect. We need to find better ways to deal with the scenario where thousands of Irish women use abortion pills every year. We need to find kinder more sympathetic ways to deal with the tragedies and difficulties of fatal foetal abnormality and all aspects and forms of abortion. There is a lot of work to be done, no matter what the result is, to help and engage with women experiencing crisis pregnancies. Real work. Practical help.

Some will say we are hypocritical because abortion exists already via the back door in Ireland. It does and there is not a great deal we can do to stop it. But we can do all that we can to create a culture that values and protects the woman and the unborn child equally. And, whether the referendum is passed or defeated we need to improve the services for pregnant women in all circumstances.

There is, however, one key reason why RENUA Ireland will oppose Repeal of the Eighth. Or rather there is 170,000 of them; the 170,000 lives that have been saved since 1983. We stand with those unborn because we believe in a progressive politics of ‘human rights’. We are a party whose core social principle is the belated development of a culture of human rights for children, for working people in areas such as the right to shelter, for the elderly and in this case for the unborn.

RENUA Irelands freely chosen role in this referendum is to be the voice of the voiceless and the defender of the defenceless. It is a position that is entirely consistent with our views on outwardly different matters such as crime and the elderly for example. We oppose this referendum because we believe;

Abortion discriminates against the unborn

Abortion discriminates against those with a disability

Abortion denies the human rights of the unborn child

Abortion is a cruel and inhumane treatment of the unborn child

RENUA Ireland also opposes the creation of a new culture of death in Irish maternity hospitals and the same culture of death in GP offices without even the virtue of consultation with GP’s. Many of these are profoundly disturbed by the apparent determination of the government to turn them into front-line abortion providers without their consent.

The current situation is not perfect. But current legislation protects the mother and the child. No woman has died in an Irish hospital because of the denial of an abortion. Instead medical negligence, as in the case of Savita, is a far more dangerous threat.

Under the current legislative framework Irish hospitals are the safest in the world for pregnant women. But will that continue if the current culture of defending life at all costs is replaced by a new culture of Eugenics, Genetic engineering and to death sentences for the ‘wrong’ children.

The current advocates of Repeal the Eighth claim this would never happen and that twelve weeks is, to borrow a phrase from Swift ‘A Modest Proposal’. But, it has happened in every other country in the world where, once legalization occurs unborn children are, up to twenty-four weeks, aborted for the sin of having a cleft palate or a mental disability.

The government will say trust us on twelve weeks. But do we really think that twelve weeks will continue to be the case. Voting for twelve weeks will open the door and once opened that door will swing wider and wider from twelve to sixteen to twenty and to twenty-four weeks. Twelve weeks is only the beginning of it.

The issue as to whether we can trust politicians and the HSE on these issues is also compromised by the lead-up to this referendum. Every ‘Independent’ process from the Citizens Assembly to the Dail Committee – which even as it publicly said it wanted more Pro-Life evidence privately silenced RENUA Ireland and our expert witnesses – was in fact gerrymandered towards a pre-determined point which is the current referendum. ‘Trust us’ they say. ‘No way’, we say.

The real-truth is that our politicians want rid of abortion in Irish public life because it is ‘difficult’. They have gamed the entire lead-up to the referendum. Against that context can we really believe they are acting in good faith when it comes to their future promises about a moderate regime.

RENUA Ireland does not believe this is the case. Instead it is sadly clear that Fine Gael have been taken over by the secular sectarians who used to rule the Labour party. These same sectarians are on a mission to expel the Catholic church from every aspect of Irish Life from schools to public houses. Such indeed is their consistent hatred of anything to do with the church or old-fashioned traditions within a decade traditions such as communion or confirmation will be treated as harshly as wearing the hijab in France.

It is said by the liberal elite that governs our media that abortion is the signifier of the ‘progressive’ society. In fact, this sort of provincial aping of other bigger countries is embarrassing. RENUA Ireland contends that the truly progressive society is one which is not afraid to be different; one which protects the weakest.

Ireland should not change our values and culture so easily. They are what make us distinctive. And we should not change it merely to be praised by a few feminist academics in the Irish Times.

The next few months will be difficult ones. RENUA Ireland recognizes that there are sincere people on both sides of this agonizing debate. We will respect our opponents. But we are unflinching in our belief that the Repeal the Eighth Amendment will be a bad day’s work for our country, for women and for the weakest section of our society; the unborn twelve-week-old child. And we are equally unflinching that trusting politicians and the HSE on abortion would be an act of irresponsibility. RENUA Ireland did not start this battle for the soul of Ireland. But, we will finish it. Our opponents may have might and a mostly foreign owned media on their side. But we have right.



“The collapse of the procurement process for broadband is another example of the incapacity of this and previous governments to process large scale infrastructural projects,’’ RENUA Ireland has said. The party Leader Cllr. John Leahy noted: “It is hard to avoid the impression that if this Minister had been in charge of rural electrification in the 1950’s the country would still be using candles. The withdrawal of EIR from this process is a consequence of bureaucratic and political malingering and state ineptitude.

A system which was supposed to devise a competitive tender process has left us with one bidder.

No ‘Special Communications Unit’ can disguise the reality that for Minister Denis Naughten and more importantly still the people of rural Ireland, this has been a disaster.

We now have a situation where we have a sole private sector monopoly in control of providing an imaginary and illusory broadband scheme at the end of a broken-down process on a date yet to be decided.

You couldn’t make this up … normally … and unfortunately, we haven’t.

You wouldn’t send out this Minister to make the tea.

Mr Naughten needs, if he is to regain credibility, to stop talking about the National Broadband Plan (NBP) Procurement process being a key priority for Government which is being managed intensively by a specialist National Broadband Procurement Team in his Department.

All of this talk cannot disguise the risk posed to the tax-payer’s money. It will instead leave the taxpayer and rural Ireland open to fiscal ransom.

It is time for the Minister for No Rural Broadband to stop wringing his hands and get on with the job.

Providing broadband to rural Ireland is not a logistical impossibility. Monaghan is not Outer Mongolia.

We are a small relatively flat country with an existing road rail and ESB structure … no thanks to this government. We have spent years going nowhere in terms of a business friendly hi-speed rural broadband network.

The Minister had better start going somewhere or he will end up no-where too.


RENUA Ireland would like to commend FG MEP Brian Hayes for articulating the view that no-one should pay the top rate of tax on income below €50,000.

The party Leader Cllr. John Leahy said:

‘’The declaration by Mr Hayes that no-one should pay the top rate of tax below €50,000 by 2025 is somewhat unambitious.

But, at least the largest party of the state, is finally catching up to the reality that working people, in the public, private, PAYE and self-employed sectors need a vast programme of tax reform.

Currently RENUA Ireland is the only Irish political party to promote an aggressive tax-cutting policy.

We believe tax cuts for working people act as an economic stimulant and a force for equality and opportunity.

We also believe it’s time working people kept more of their money.

Our priority in taxation is the removal of all people earning the average industrial wage from the top rate of tax. Tax-payers today pay eight billion more in tax than a decade ago.

All this money comes from the pockets of working people.

The burden of fiscal adjustment has fallen far too heavily on the shoulders of income tax payers.

The tax burden is far too onerous for those on low to middle income. It’s time for pay-back.

It is time to end the uniquely Irish phenomenon of working people being taxed like millionaires

Our one difference with Mr Hayes is that RENUA Ireland believes lifting working taxpayers out of the millionaires’ tax-band should occur in the lifetime of the government or over five years.

This is not greed.

It is an act of social justice which will provide opportunity and relief to hundreds of thousands of working people. It is time our middle-income workers got a bonus.”


Responding to the cabinet decision to call a referendum on the Eighth Amendment RENUA Ireland has taken the following stance.

‘’RENUA Ireland, uniquely, amongst Irish political parties is Pro-Life.

Today’s plans by the government have opened the door to abortion on demand in Ireland.

There is no such thing as ‘a little bit of abortion’.

However, well-intentioned it is an intellectually dishonest stance.

By contrast, RENUA Irelands stance is clear.

We will be urging the electorate to Choose Life.

We stand with mothers and the un-born.


The absence of abortion on demand is a fundamental signifier of the decent society.

Despite what happens in referenda human rights do not change

RENUA Ireland will be in this referendum, the faithful custodian of the human rights of the most powerless in our society.

Our chosen role is to be the voice of the voiceless and the defenders of the defenceless.

We believe Abortion on Demand discriminates

Against the unborn

Against mothers and children

Against those with a disability

Against the voiceless and defenceless

Against women

We say choose life and leave no child behind

We say the unborn have human rights too

We oppose the stepping stone policy towards full scale abortion on demand.

Abortion on demand represents a fundamental act of discrimination against the basic human right to life.

It represents an existential threat to the existence of children with disabilities and an attack on the inherent right of every human to life, that this right be protected by law and the freedom from torture, cruel and degrading treatment.

We believe a state without abortion on demand is the progressive society.

Our position is to

Say no to the cruel and inhumane treatment of the child

Say no to an industrialized multinational driven abortion industry

Say no to secret payments to Pro-Choice groups from abroad

Say no to a new culture of death in Irish hospitals

Say no to Eugenics and Genetic engineering

Say no to death sentences for the ‘wrong’ children

Say no to trusting politicians to protect the unborn

Say no to the conspiracy of advocacy groups

Instead we appeal to the electorate to Choose Life.’’



Renua Ireland leader John Leahy has questioned, “The latest example of national group-think surrounding the ending of Good Friday restrictions on the sale of alcohol.’’

Mr Leahy said:

‘’Alcohol is a key feature of Irish life and no-one wants to go back to an age of Prohibition.

However, ending the Good Friday Ban contradicts all the public concerns surrounding the excessive prevalence of alcohol in our society.

Once again when it comes to the alcohol lobby our government takes with one hand but gives with two.”

Mr Leahy also warned that: ‘’This decision sends dangerously mixed messages.

It is not progressive either for workers in the bar trade, who lose one of only two days off a year, or for society. It also raises questions as to where our political priorities lie.

We have crises in Housing, the issue of Life, Health, Education, Brexit and Rural Ireland, not to mention alcohol mis-use.

Yet the only legislation FF and FG can drive through the Dáil is opening the bar on Good Friday so Leo Varadkar can at some future date pose for a ‘Leo’s Day’ social media photo opportunity.

‘Leo’s Day’ will actually be a bad day for Ireland.”

Mr Leahy warned: We have a serious drink problem in this country.

We should really be focusing our attention on curtailing the availability of drink, not introducing laws which will result in pubs been open more days in the year.

If we can’t manage to keep our pubs closed for two days in the year; Good Friday and Christmas Day, well then we might as well forget about it.

Mr Leahy also claimed:

‘’This Bill is more about anti-Catholic sentiment than trade.

Politicians believe by attacking the church everywhere from schools to the right-to-life they can get a cheap cheer.

Politicians should note that many people are proud of the Church’s contribution to our country.

There should be no cheers for ‘Leo’s Day’ and we should put our energies into solving real problems, instead of extending pub opening days.”


New policies to ensure our graduates do not continue to emigrate in record numbers are urgently required, RENUA Ireland has warned.

The party leader Cllr. John Leahy said:

‘’Ireland is now seeing unprecedented numbers of teachers, doctors and nurses who train here emigrate in search of better foreign opportunities.

Over 25,000 graduates left Ireland last year, a 15% year-on-year increase.

We are also experiencing major skills shortages in areas such as construction, which is further crippling capacity, stifling growth, inflating costs and impeding house building.

We need to urgently redress this skills brain drain particularly in health, education and construction.

In education, Primary and Secondary schools are finding impossible to find qualified substitutes.

This is due to a worldwide shortage of teachers, the quality of Irish-trained teachers, housing costs and unequal two-tier pay.

RENUA Ireland not only believes that teachers, doctors and nurses deserve better than zero hours contracts. So, do our graduates unsurprisingly.

Eight out of 10 trainee doctors are considering leaving because of poor working conditions, training opportunities and work-life balance, surveys consistently indicate.

More than three-quarters of nursing and midwifery interns consistently plan to leave.

This is unsurprising given that 70 per cent of nursing interns have already been approached by overseas recruitment agencies this year, while only a third have been offered jobs by the HSE.

Every graduate who leaves, at a time where we are investing €15.3 billion into our health services, represents a benefit-in-kind for another jurisdiction.

We are investing billions in taxpayer’s money for absolutely no skills dividend in the Republic.

Each doctor alone now costs more than €250,000 to train and qualify.

The phenomenon of graduate emigration represents a damning indictment of the state of our civil and social economy.

The current flight of teacher’s nurses and doctors has not evolved for no reason.

It is the child of bad governance, the absence of opportunity for young people and two-tiered pay-inequality.

The flight of the young and talented and the flight of those seeking opportunity and progress represent the verdict of the people’s jury.

We are reaping the consequences of our failure to invest appropriately in basic infrastructure such as housing. It should also provide us with a chilling warning for the future.

Our concern must be that the issues which are driving Irish graduates away will shortly start to affect our capacity to secure Foreign Direct Investment.

RENUA Ireland believes that the state must move swiftly and respond to the flight of the talented.

A Commission on Opportunity for Graduates, focusing on a plan to retain and secure our graduates should be immediately convened.

We must avoid a return to the scenario in the past where education was seen as providing a roadmap for escape from a failed state as distinct to an opportunity to build the great society at home.”


Renua Ireland has called on Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to respond to the alarming psychological stress being experienced by members of the Gardai

The party Leader Cllr. John Leahy said;

‘’ An alarming amount of suicides, possibly as high as five have occurred within the force in the last year.

The Gardai are too often seen as the enemy by a media and political class who are only interested by failure.

RENUA Ireland by contrast believes it is time we protected the protectors.

Our priorities for Garda internal reform includes developing a comprehensive welfare response fit for purpose for the unique difficulties Gardai face.

This should include a radical reform of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Peer Support, Bereavement Counselling and Self Care Education.

We also need to ramp up the Garda Employee Assistance Service to support them in managing and resolving personal and work-related difficulties.

It is important to note that despite all of the press negativity the vast majority of Gardaí are civic pillars who are far too often left to face difficult, dangerous and tragic situations.

They are the social cleaners who must resolve murders, rapes, violent acts of burglary, road accidents, suicides, domestic violence and family law rifts.

These engender unique pressures that may not be ordinarily felt in many other professions, or places of work.

No other worker gets up early in the morning facing into the threat of assault and battery.

No other worker puts on a stab and ballistic proof vest, checks their defensive weaponry and then heads of to their job in the hope that they will come home that evening or morning.

Given what we ask the Gardai to do we have a moral responsibility to defend the defenders.

No Guard should be left feeling like an island. The Gardaí are the last line between us and chaos.

We have a clear responsibility to protect our protectors and afford them the same protections we would other any other employee in the land.”

Sensitivities of adoptive parents must be recognised by the committe on the 8th amendment


RENUA Ireland leader representative John Leahy has called for a ‘’full and fulsome retraction by Kate O’Connell of her remarks on adoptive parents.

Mr Leahy said;

‘’Ms O’Connell’s hopefully accidental but still callous remarks have caused deep and ongoing hurt to thousands of adoptive parents around the country but also to the wonderfully courageous birth Mothers and adopted children themselves.

Her remarks also cruelly and carelessly targeted those with infertility issues who are desperately trying to adopt.

I know from talking to parents and to adopted children that Ms O’Connell’s remarks are being seen by adoptive parents, who have brought so much security and happiness to the lives of adopted children as a slur.

Adopted children are also deeply hurt.

Abortion is a divisive issue, but a serious responsibility lies on all, and in particular on members of a Committee mandated to deal with this question, to find a humane and dignified school of discourse that respects all sides in this debate.

This is not achieved by denigrating or attacking adoptive Mums and Dads and those mothers who take the lonely choice to place their children for adoption.

They and adopted children are not second-class citizens.

Ms O’Connell should withdraw her remarks and apologise unreservedly on the record to the many people the length and breadth of the country on who she inflicted so much hurt by her remarks’’.

RENUA Ireland leader John Leahy also expressed concern over the ‘’increasingly coarse’’ nature of public debate on this issue

Mr Leahy said;

‘’There must be a threshold of decency when it comes to public discourse on abortion … on all sides of the argument.

Ireland is deeply divided but that does not release us from a duty of care to respect the sensitivities of all sides involved in this issue.

The Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell has failed to meet these standards.

This failure means she should consider her position.

More seriously still the Chairperson of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment failed to protect the expectation of citizens that their sensitivities on intimate personal matters be protected.

Ms Noone should attend to the responsibilities of her leadership position and demand an immediate retraction of the coarse and ill-judged remarks of her party-political colleague.

Leadership is about showing sensitivity and maintaining discipline in difficult circumstances.

RENUA Ireland requests that Ms Noone, belatedly, displays that characteristic.

Adoptive parents, children and those parents who are brave and generous enough in spirit to put their children up for adoption have been a source of joy and of hope.

They deserve more than to be the source of callow publicity seeking remarks by a Committee whose appalling performance to date is epitomized by the growing view that it is little more than a Pro Choice gerrymander’’.

For further information contact John Leahy at 0872073226

White collar crime remains a grey area for this government

RENUA Ireland would like to congratulate the government on its recent discovery that Ireland has a problem with “White Collar” crime.

The interest of a Taoiseach and the Ministers for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Finance and the Minister for Justice and Equality, though long overdue is welcome.

The government’s belated recognition of the correctness of key RENUA Ireland policies is also welcome, although until we see some tangible legislative action we can only conclude that white collar crime remains a grey area for this government.

It is past time the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement was established as an independent law compliance and enforcement agency.

We also welcome the evaluation of the Protected Disclosures Act, to ensure that the legislation has been effective in line with its objectives; and to identify how it might be improved if necessary.

We are also delighted to refer them to RENUA Ireland’s policies on JUSTICE FOR ALL – AN END TO WHITE COLLAR CRIME.

These are designed to tackle the scenario where the Irish state has been blighted by a culture where the well-connected and the wealthy appear to be above the law.

RENUA Ireland supports a series of radical changes that will leave this culture of privilege and entitlement in the past.

These changes include: Criminal liability for reckless lending; specifically our banks; criminal sanctions (including custodial sentencing) for company directors who act recklessly or dishonestly; removing ignorance as a defence for company directors accused of malfeasance or wrongdoing; erasing the white collar culture of mitigation in sentencing where the accused falls back on an absence of prior convictions or a good character to avoid jail.

We note that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is frustrated at our inability as a country to secure more convictions when it comes to corruption and white-collar crime.

Our proposals, particularly in the arena of mitigation would create a cultural sea-change in this issue.

We are pleased to help should it be required.

Fianna Fáil & The 8th Amendment – Is Micheal Martin a pro abortion leader of a Pro Life party? – Time to come clean.

On October 18th 2017 15 out of 20 elected representatives voted to diminish the constitutional rights of the unborn by supporting an Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment motion which states

“that Article 40.3.3 not be retained in full”.


To be clear, Article 40.3.3 (The 8th Amendment) is the Constitutional Amendment which secures for the unborn, regardless of disability, gender or the economic circumstances of the Mother, the most fundamental right of all – the right to life.


We note with disappointment the decision of the majority of FF and FG representatives on the Committee to support this regressive motion.


The motion was seconded by FF TD Lisa Chambers and supported by FF TD Billy Kelleher and FF Senator Ned O’Sullivan.  FF TD’s Anne Rabbitte and James Browne decided not to make a decision and abstained.


It is deeply disconcerting that all FF representatives on this committee chose to ignore the welcome and positive decision of FF delegates at last week-enda’s Árd Fheis to ‘oppose any attempt to diminish the constitutional rights of the unborn’.


FF grassroots members have now been cut adrift by their Parliamentary Party who have instead decided to embrace SF, The Labour Party, Social Democrats,People Before Profit and other representatives of the extreme Left and reduce the rights of the unborn.


It is now incumbent on each and every FF and FG Parliamentary Party member to state clearly and unambiguously where they stand on this issue..

We also ask FF Leader Michael Martin to explain to the Irish people how his Parliamentary colleagues could so casually ignore the views of the grassroots members of FF, expressed so clearly just four days ago.


Mr Martin has built a career on staying silent or speaking out of both sides of his mouth on key issues – his 14 years in cabinet where the seeds of Ireland’s economic collapse were sown is proof of that.


However, Mr Martin can no longer stay silent on this fundamental issue. Micheal Martin needs to advise the public as to whether or not he is a Pro abortion leader of a Pro Life Party. It’s time for Micheal Martin to “come clean” with the Irish people.


Renua once again commits itself to campaigning for the retention of the 8th Amendment.  Our position is clear and unambiguous.  We support the retention of the 8th Amendment.  No “If’s”.  No “But’s”.  No “Maybes”.


Michael Farrington