The National Party is a new political group that will supposedly be launching itself in Dublin this week. An email invitation to the event has surfaced on Twitter, and the party will allegedly align itself with strict right-wing ideals, opposing itself to multi-culturalism, current ‘dictatorial’ EU immigration regulations, and fighting against those who wish to threaten the life of the ‘unborn child’.
From the email, it seems that the party supports extremely conservative and quite controversial views. The president, who signs off on the email, is Justin Barrett. Barrett was reported by the Journal.ie to be a former member of Youth Defence and Mother and Child, both pro-life campaign groups that object to the rights of women to abort fetuses in any circumstances, whether the conception be a result of rape, incest or health problems.
The Journal.ie has reported that the current ICSA National Treasurer James Reynolds, who is a former Longford Chairman for the IFA, is undertaking the role of deputy president of the National Party.
The party calls itself ‘the true spirit of the Republic’. The email also reads that the party will ‘commit to real and sustainable economic growth’, and that there is a ‘silent majority’ in Ireland that have watched multiculturalism grow in Ireland ‘with dismay’.
The final line of the email appears to anticipate a negative reaction to the party’s inception. The party says they will represent all of the aforementioned causes, adding that if they are ‘alone’ in doing so, then ‘so be it’.
You can read the supposed email invite from the right-wing party below:
The reaction online has been negative so far, with Mark Malone, the uploader of the above tweet, claiming that it is a 'white nationalist party'. This is, however, the opinion of the Twitter user himself, and can't be considered a true reflection of the party's ideals. Other reactions can be seen below:
So a white nationalist party is going to launch in Dublin this Thursday. Game on. pic.twitter.com/ze5oP0fl39— Mark Malone (@soundmigration) 15 November 2016
Broadcaster and campaigner for Amnesty International Adrianne Peltz has said that the reference to a silent Irish majority who are dismayed at the arrival of multiculturalism to our country 'gives it away':
A National Party is trying to form in Ireland. Justin Barrett the leader is far right anti women and anti immigrate. #NoToHate— Rachael OSullivan (@Ravenroots) 16 November 2016
Irelands "National Party" can use all the obfuscating language it likes under the guise of uniting the Republic, but this line gives it away pic.twitter.com/CX78xJIG9m— Adrianne Peltz (@adi_peltz) 16 November 2016
President of the party Justin Barrett has been clearly linked with German anti-Semitic groups in the past. He was in fact the guest speaker at the No to Nice campaign in 2002, speaking at a meeting where some of the various speeches included quotes from Adolf Hitler. The No to Nice meeting was organised by the NPD party in Berlin.