Sunday 23 July 2017

Baby scandals should inspire us to show compassion for this generation of children

People leave candles and mementos during a march and candlelit vigil from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to the gates of Dail Eireann on Merrion Square, Dublin, in memory of the Tuam babies
People leave candles and mementos during a march and candlelit vigil from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to the gates of Dail Eireann on Merrion Square, Dublin, in memory of the Tuam babies

It's hard to know what's really going on with the much heralded "new party". At this stage, it is like the dance of the seven veils. Certainly, there is a gap in the market given the mood for change and support for Independents in the recent local and European elections. But if the reformers are going to bite the bullet, they had better get on with it.

The Reform Alliance and other like-minded Independents have the numbers to justify a party. But without a coherent ideology, it would be a venture based purely on convenience and electoral opportunism.

Former FG Minister of State Lucinda Creighton appears to be the natural leader of this putative party but there are persistent rumours that Michael McDowell is under the bonnet in drafting mode.

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