I don't want to sound harsh, but maybe you're spending too much time in an online echo chamber. The vast majority of Irish people have no idea who the National Party are. It'll be a long time before they make any sort of impression at elections.The National Party is a young Party ,that has just entered the lists and recently registered .They have patiently built an organisational structure North and South. They are here for the long and rocky road and not a fly by night organisation.
A canny General chooses the opportune time to strike and is not baited into foolish ,premature decisions.
I will enjoy a quiet moment of satisfaction when the naysayers and doom-mongers, who have greatly contributed by their negativity and apathy to the destruction of our Homeland are proved wrong in the coming General Election and the National Party makes a big impression.
Get on board or get left behind to wallow in your defeatism.