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Liz O'Donnell: Reform Alliance has a long way to go before it can begin to match the PDs

Published 28/01/2014 | 02:30

Reform Alliance leading light Lucinda Creighton campaigned with former PD leader Michael McDowell against the abolition of the Seanad
Reform Alliance leading light Lucinda Creighton campaigned with former PD leader Michael McDowell against the abolition of the Seanad

If the Reform Alliance wants to be taken seriously, it needs to knuckle down and commit to a clear policy platform

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The attendance at the Reform Alliance gathering this weekend was instructive. A crowd of about a thousand is hardly a monster turnout when seven Oireachtas members claim to be leading a new movement. Leaving out media and guest speakers who added a bit of box office, the event failed to impress. And I am not talking just numbers. Where is the new policy? The meat in the sandwich?

In the wake of a banking collapse and IMF bailout, there is an understandable appetite for political change and a fresh start. But equally the polls show a cooling down in such fervour, as the ship of state is steadied.

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