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



Catholic children are entitled to a Catholic education too

RENUA Ireland notes with grave concern the apparent determination of Richard Bruton to erase any Catholic ethos from our primary schools under the guise of some mythical baptism barrier.

This is all the more curious given that Mr Bruton himself claims, “it is right and welcome that people should have the desire to bring up children in their faith if they want to”.

If this is his view perhaps the minister might explain why he is moving with such speed to reach a position, courtesy of the current Education Bill where “effectively religion would not be used in 95% of the schools that are in place” as a criteria for admission.

RENUA Ireland agrees it would be wrong if children could not get access to a local school on religious grounds.

We also agree that it is wrong people should feel obliged to have their children baptised to gain admission to a school.

We support a diverse education system that provides for children of all faith and none.

This, however, is not secured by expelling all traces of Catholicism from our primary schools.

It is instead an act of sectarian secularism which is utterly disrespectful to the wishes of the vast majority of parents.

Our Catholic Primary Schools are beacons of inclusivity. This is one of the many values they teach our children.

Before expelling Catholicism from our schools Mr Bruton has a responsibility to consult parents if that is not beneath his dignity. He has a duty also to explain how the new alternative will work.

RENUA Ireland stands by our faith schools against the attack of the sectarian secularists.

We also suggest Minister Bruton should engage with real issues such as the difficulties parents of children face in dealing with an Education system which is free in theory rather than practice rather than using religion as a device to cover up his administrations failures.

The government is engaged in a zero sum game when inclusivity for one group means exclusion for another

Mr Bruton should therefore remember Catholic schoolchildren have a right to a Catholic education too.

Sole diplomatic focus must be on brexit

Cllr John Leahy Ireland has called on the Irish Government to immediately abandon its campaign to secure a seat on the UN Security Council.Â

The party warned:

“As the Brexit negotiations continue to flounder it is time for Ireland to move into the driving seat on this issue. We need to stop hurling on the ditch on this issue and take a lead.

Given the pressures and challenges we face on Brexit, RENUA Ireland believes campaigning for a seat on the Security Council is a vanity project. A seat on the Security Council, though prestigious, is unlikely to affect our immediate or intimate interests.

By contrast the current campaign is distracting our diplomatic corps from the pressing need to build alliances amongst the EU 27 during vital Brexit negotiations.  The Irish Government now needs to stop acting like a commentator on Brexit.

We need to actively engage in direct negotiations with the UK government and other European Governments to ensure Ireland’s vital national and economic interests are protected.

The implications of Brexit for Ireland are too severe to leave in the hands of foreign bureaucrats and of countries which have no real stake in this game. Some may even secretly be planning to turn a profit on a disorderly Brexit.

By contrast, the consequences for Ireland of Brexit in terms of the Good Friday Agreement, trade, commerce and a peaceful future are existential.

We cannot be distracted from this by diplomatic frolics and embassy parlour games.

It is time instead to focus on the bread and butter of Brexit first.!

Ross Indolence Sabotaging Lives of those who get up early to go to work

RENUA Ireland has sharply criticised the inability of Minister Shane Ross to keep order in his Transport portfolio. The party noted:

“A Transport Minister can be unfortunate in having one strike. When you have three, generally you are the problem.

The ongoing disruption in Ireland’s transport infrastructure is the consequence of a lack of vision and leadership by Minister Ross.

The consequence of this latest strike is ever greater hardship for those who get up early to go to work.

However, it is difficult to believe that his Transport Minister knows they even exist.

If they are a stranger to him; increasingly it is clear that Mr Ross’s Department and it’s goings on are a mystery to him.

Indeed it is such a mystery to the Minister at one point recently the four state transport companies did not have a Chairperson.

When it comes to this latest series of Irish Rail strikes RENUA Ireland is particularly concerned by the absence of a stakeholder forum which would include all transport companies which was promised after the Bus Eireann strike.

This appears to have swiftly evolved into another broken promise. It is another example of how the Minister is invisible both in times of strife and their aftermath.

Irish Rail is a company facing into an uncertain future which needs leadership from the top.

It is time the Minister woke up, left the Department of Justice, entered the doors of his own Department and provided this leadership.

Instead, in a time of growing crisis for a part of our transport infrastructure which is so vital for the connectivity of rural Ireland, the doors of the Department are shut.

Dialogue and leadership from the Minister, not the politics of laissez-faire laissez-passer, is required to resolve the problems besetting a company with an uncertain future.

It would be a good idea if the Minister started this process today.”

Renua Will Reform And Replace Human Rights Body


Chair of Renua Ireland and disability spokesperson Michael O’Dowd has vowed that their party will reform and replace the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) in light of the evidence they gave to the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment. ‘The Commission has lost all credibility especially in relation to dealing with people with a disability.’
The IHRECs call to abolish the 8th Amendment and replace it with light-touch regulation will result in the withdrawal of the most fundamental right of all, the right to life, for the most vulnerable in our society. A Human Rights Body which demands less human rights is a Human Rights Body which has lost its way.
A recent report from the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is relevant as are their comments on the UK policy on disability-selective abortion: Yet this was not brought to the attention of the Oireachtas Committee by the IHREC either in their direct evidence or in their back up documentation.
The report stated that the UN Committee were concerned about perceptions in UK society stigmatizing persons with disabilities as living a life of less value and allowing the termination of pregnancy at any stage on the basis of foetal impairment. The UN Committee recommended that the UK changed its abortion law accordingly so as not to ‘legalize selective abortions on ground of foetus deficiency.’
It is clear that Human Rights in Ireland has been hijacked by the pro-abortion movement but what is truly shocking is that the IHREC was silent on the recommendations of the Citizens Assembly to specifically single out aborting an unborn child who has a disability. The central core of the human rights concept is that we possess our rights not through power, privilege or special gift but by virtue of our mere humanity. All human beings possess the same value and dignity, endorsing the destruction of children in utero because they are in some way disabled is a flat-out contradiction of that principle and The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission silence on this issue is dismaying.
It is being proposed that the IHREC will have an oversight responsibility if and when the Convention on the Rights of People with a Disability is ratified by the Irish Government. Renua will oppose this. As long as the IHREC continues as presently configured no Irish person or political party can have any confidence in them or could consider granting them any oversight role in implementing the UN Convention. It must go