Party rejects claim it only has €11,000

Renua Ireland has described claims it only has €11,000 "left in the kitty" as "creative" newspaper editing, but declined to explain exactly how much money it has available.

The party made the claim after reports it is struggling to gain financial support for its plan to run candidates in every general election constituency.

Deputy leader Billy Timmins said the €11,000 figure was “creative” editing and based on a radio interview where he said €40,000 was raised to compete in May’s Carlow-Kilkenny by-election, which cost Renua €29,000.

However, when asked how much money is available, he said: “I don’t know what’s in the account at the moment but it’s not actually somewhere in the region of €11,000.” Party leader Lucinda Creighton said Renua is “raising money every month”.

A party spokesperson later declined to detail fund levels until auditing “at the end of the year”.


Lifestyle

Dr Sarah Miller is the CEO of Dublin’s Rediscovery Centre, the national centre for the Circular Economy in Ireland. She has a degree in Biotechnology and a PHD in Environmental Science in Waste Conversion Technologies.‘We have to give people positive messages’

When I was pregnant with Joan, I knew she was a girl. We didn’t find out the gender of the baby, but I just knew. Or else, I so badly wanted a girl, I convinced myself that is exactly what we were having.Mum's the Word: I have a confession: I never wanted sons. I wanted daughters

What is it about the teenage years that are so problematic for families? Why does the teenage soul rage against the machine of the adult world?Learning Points: It’s not about the phone, it’s about you and your teen

Judy Collins is 80, and still touring. As she gets ready to return to Ireland, she tells Ellie O’Byrne about the songs that have mattered most in her incredible 60-year career.The songs that matter most to Judy Collins from her 60-year career

More From The Irish Examiner