Reform Alliance remain political party poopers – for now anyway
So the tepid question on the minds of the Irish electorate is: what in the name of sanity are the Reform Alliance up to? Are they temporary black sheep in the Fine Gael fold, or are they giving serious consideration to setting up a brand new party?
The messages coming from the gang of seven are mixed. On one hand, among the first visitors into the Fine Gael tent at the Ploughing Championships last Tuesday were Lucinda Creighton, Terence Flanagan and Paul Bradford.
But on the other hand, the gaggle of media who interviewed the group's designated spokeswoman a short while later – after she had announced on Sean O'Rourke's show that the Reform Alliance (RA) were urging a 'No' vote in the Seanad referendum – were left with a different impression.