The National Party, 1997 - 2002

"How can we say we are serving the Lord if we vote for political parties which - ignoring Christian values - are pursuing a Liberal-Atheist agenda?" So asked the National Party in their election literature prior to the 1997 general election. Set up by former European Parliament candidate and anti-divorce campaigner Nora Bennis, this party was one of three which sought to contest the 1997 election on a conservative Christian platform. Unlike the Christian Solidarity Party and Muintir na h√Čireann, Bennis' party also targeted political corruption. The National Party urged people to "Vote Christian", its literature supplying voters with a list of "Christian viewpoint" candidates comprised of themselves, the CSP candidates and several independents.

Of the three parties, the National Party performed the best in the election, albeit still far from winning any seats.

Bennis herself secured just 3.1% of the vote in Limerick East, but the party's two best candidates were John Harold Barry, who secured 6% of the vote in Tipperary South, and Theresa Heany in Cork South-West with 5.1%. Despite being the most successful of the Catholic policy parties in this election, the National Party declined in the next few years. In the 2002 general election, the only National Party candidate was Bennis herself, with a reduced vote share of 1%.

Like Richard Greene's Muintir na h√Čireann, the National Party appears to have since become defunct. It is still, however, present on the Register of Political Parties as Christian Democrats (the National Party).