The Progressive Democrats
were formed in 1985. At the last General Election in 1997 the Progressive
Democrats won four seats.
The leader of the Progressive Democrats is Mary
Harney, the first woman leader of a political party in the history of the
State. Mary Harney was elected leader in October, 1993. She succeeded the
founder of the Party, Desmond O'Malley.
The Progressive Democrats were
established with the aim of providing Ireland with a modern, forward looking
liberal party in the European mould.
The party favours positive Government
action to create an enterprise society and a review of the role of the State in
the economic and social life of the country.
The party supports the movement
towards greater political and economic integration amongst the Member States of
the European Union.
The party was a member of the Coalition Government of 1989
to 1991 and is a coalition partner in the current government.
are at 25 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2.