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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Michael McDowell won’t attend Reform Alliance ‘monster rally’

John Downing

Published 13/01/2014|13:35

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Former Justice Minister Michael McDowell

FORMER Progressive Democrat leader, Michael McDowell, will not attend the breakaway Reform Alliance rally planned for Dublin later this month.

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Mr McDowell, a founder member of the PDs and more recently a backer of debate about the prospect of a new political party, made it clear that he has no links to the breakaway group of Fine Gael TDs and Senators who are organising the so-called 'monster rally' at the RDS on Saturday, January 25.

The Reform Alliance are the continued focus of speculation that they are moving towards founding a new political party.   But launching a political campaign to reform Seanad Eireann today, Mr McDowell said he had no links with the group.

Asked about the RDS rally he said: "No, I haven't been invited and I won't be there."

The former Attorney General and Justice Minister said he did hope to cooperate with the Reform Alliance in efforts to pressure Government to reform the Seanad.

His group, Democracy Matters, launched a new plan to make the upper house of parliament more democratic and efficient just 100 days after voters rejected a government proposal to abolish it.

Two other Independent Senators, Fergal Quinn and Katherine Zappone, also said they will not be attending the Reform Alliance rally.

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