“We never had any intention of creating a new political party. We are about creating an ancient political party. A party that is so old that it is older than this fake republic. It is older than the Free State, it is older than Unionism, it is older than England itself. For as Pearse said there is ‘no truth but the old truth, no way but the old way, history records no other… reason and experience suggests no other.’ We know what the wheel of Irish nationalism looks like. We don’t need to re-invent it.” — Justin Barrett, Ceannaire an Pháirtí Náisiúnta
About the National Party
The National Party was founded in 2016 by Justin Barrett and James Reynolds, both of whom have a long track record in nationalist, Eurosceptic and pro-life movements.
The National Party is active throughout the 32 Counties and, since its inception, has held conferences and events throughout the island of Ireland. National Party representatives have appeared on television and radio promoting the policies and ideals of the Party.
The National Party is best known for advocating a reversal of the mass-immigration policies of the past 20 years and the insistence that Ireland remain a homeland for the Irish people.
In 2018 the National Party campaigned for a “No” Vote in the Irish Abortion Referendum. Launched in Dublin in February of that year, the “Abortion Never” initiative involved a large postering campaign throughout the 26 counties.
Since its foundation, the National Party has proposed a Hungarian-style approach to Ireland’s relationship to the European Union. This was expanded upon by Justin Barrett at a conference in Belfast in September 2018, where he outlined the strategy of “Interposition and Nullification.”
In 2019 the National Party expanded its cumann organisation and worked with rural communities to oppose the imposition of Direct Provision centres.
In October of that year, Justin Barrett attended a town hall meeting in Borrisokane where he encouraged the community to say “No” to the housing of asylum seekers in their locality. This received national attention in the media and widespread attacks on the Party by the political establishment.
In 2020, the National Party ran 10 candidates in a snap General Election. While no candidate was elected, the experience provided excellent building blocks for local organisation in those constituencies, especially in Dublin.
When Covid Lockdowns came into full force shortly after this, the National Party was front and centre in condemning the importation hundreds of foreign workers to pick fruit while most Irish people were under virtual house arrest.
Later in the year, the National Party campaigned through protests, leafleting and petitions, for the removal from office of Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, on the grounds of his association with Peter Tatchell.
Since late 2020, the National Party has campaigned for an end to disproportionate lockdown restrictions on Irish domestic life. In October 2020, Justin Barrett gave a speech to a large crowd in front of Leinster House, demanding an end to the government’s lockdown restrictions.
The National Party has and continues to campaign for the preferencing of Irish nationals in areas such as housing.
Through its cumann structures the National Party has been involved with local communities and protest groups, cooperating on issues such as housing, direct provision, mental health and homelessness.
The Nine Principles of the National Party
The 9 fundamental principles on which the National Party is based are summarised below.
1. A commitment to National Unity.
2. Belief in a constitutional Republic.
3. Nation before State.
4. Subsidiarity as a principle of government.
5. An adversarial approach to the EU.
6. Commitment to Free Productive Enterprise.
7. Opposition to mass-immigration.
8. Insistence on the Rights of the Unborn Child.
9. Criminal Reform and the institution of capital punishment.