The event due to take place on Thursday has now been called off after members of the public reportedly lobbied the Merrion Hotel not to host the group, yet James Reynolds is a confirmed co-founder of the new political party. The name Nationalparty.ie reserved to host the group’s future website was bought under his name in September.

Reynolds was formerly IFA county chair in Longford. He was suspended from the IFA in 2012 for a year.