Ex-Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín intends to launch his new political party by late January and has claimed up to 25 sitting politicians — including a handful of TDs and senators — are already in talks about joining.

Mr Tóibín confirmed the target launch date before a public meeting on the new “grassroots” conservative group in Castlebar tonight.

Tonight's meeting takes place in the Royal Theatre at 7.30pm.

Peadar Tóibín  says he is blown away by the level of support and says there is an avalanche of people who are getting in contact with us.

Speaking to Midwest Radio today Mr. Toibin says many of these people, who are from a Fianna Fáil background or a Sinn Féin background are seriously frustrated that the leaderships of their parties do not represent them anymore.

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