Christian Centrist Party

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Christian Centrist Party
Chairman Matt Ascough
Founded 1991 (1991)
Dissolved 1994
Ideology Social conservatism
Politics of the Republic of Ireland
Political parties
Elections

The Christian Centrist Party was a short lived conservative Christian political party in Ireland. It stood and endorsed a number of candidates at the 1991 local elections using the name Christian Principles Party and at the 1992 general election.

The party changed its name in 1994 to the Christian Solidarity Party.

Candidates included party members Eammon Murphy[1] who stood in Dublin South–Central, Patrick Doherty in Donegal North–East, Joe MacDonough in Dublin North–West, Gerry Duffy in Cork North–Central and endorsing independent councillor Richard Greene in Dublin South.[2]

The official Christian Centrist Party candidates polled only 3,443 first preference votes 0.2% of the overall vote at the 1992 general election[3] and the party faded away. A number of its members and candidates would move on and be active as independents in other minor conservative parties such as Muintir na hÉireann and the Christian Solidarity Party. The party name was used in an 1998 submission to Dáíl working group supporting a ban on Abortion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eamon Murphy electoral history
  2. ^ O'Loughlin, Edward (17 November 1992). "Centrists seek to win five seats". The Irish Times. p. 7. 
  3. ^ Ireland - European Journal of Political Research, Michael Marsh, Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin, 1993