Irish Democratic Party

The Irish Democratic Party (IDP) is a minor Irish political party formed in 2013, as a result of a split with Direct Democracy Ireland. Another minor party of the same name but different ideology and leadership had been established in 2010 but was later dissolved.

Irish Democratic Party
ChairmanKen Smollen
FoundedOctober 2013
IdeologyParticipatory democracy
Political positionCentre
Colours     Blue
Local government in the Republic of Ireland
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The party advocates the introduction of participatory democracy in the Republic of Ireland. The IDP ran two candidates in the 2016 general election,[1] the party chairperson Ken Smollen ran in Offaly.[2][3] He received 2.2% of the first preference votes and was eliminated on the second count.[4] Smollen was elected to Offaly County Council for Tullamore in the 2019 local elections on the eighth count. He received 1,054 votes and 9.5% of the first preferences.[5] Mark Keogh who ran in the 2016 general election in Limerick, ran unsuccessfully as a Direct Democracy Candiate in the 2019 local elecions.

Smollen was an unsuccesssful candidate at the 2020 general election in the Laois–Offaly constituency.


  1. ^ Irish Democratic Pary announce offaly candidate Offaly Independent, Monday, 8 June 2015.
  2. ^ Officially Declared Candidates
  3. ^ Confirmed Irish Democratic Party candidates for the next General Election 15 June 2015.
  4. ^ "General election 2016: Offaly". Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Results from the 2019 local elections". RTÉ News. Retrieved 26 May 2019.