Friday 20 January 2017

Fionnan Sheehan: The task of building a real political force

Setting up a brand new party would be no easy challenge, writes Fionnan Sheahan, Group Political Editor

Fionnan Sheahan Group Political Editor

Published 12/01/2014 | 02:30

SPECIAL PROJECT: There is room for Lucinda Creighton’s Reform Alliance non-party to reinvent itself as the watchdog of the democratic revolution. Photo: David Conachy
SPECIAL PROJECT: There is room for Lucinda Creighton’s Reform Alliance non-party to reinvent itself as the watchdog of the democratic revolution. Photo: David Conachy

'Nothing but a group of disillusioned Fine Gael TDs that basically support the economic policies of the Government but reject their social policies." It's hard to disagree with independent TD Finian McGrath's assessment of the Reform Alliance.

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Nonetheless, the potential emergence of a new political party on the horizon has created a frisson of excitement.

The fallout from the economic crisis hasn't really ended the traditional alignment of political parties that dates back to the Civil War. It has merely rearranged their order.

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