THE Reform Alliance is to support and actively canvass for the son of a former Fine Gael TD in the upcoming Dublin South-West by-election.
Independent councillor Ronan McMahon has secured the support of some of Fine Gael's ousted TDs as he bids to win the Dail seat previously held by the party's Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes.
Mr McMahon was criticised during May's local elections after he described himself on his election posters and literature as an "independent Fine Gael" candidate.
But the son of former Fine Gael TD Larry McMahon has managed to secure the support of a number of Reform Alliance TDs including Billy Timmins and Lucinda Creighton.
Mr McMahon said he had not yet decided whether he would align with the Reform Alliance if he secures the Dail seat.
"I will make that decision if I am elected. However, I would say that the Reform Alliance are people who I admire greatly. They are people who have been kicked out of Fine Gael and punished because they stood by their principles," he said.
"I think if I am elected - someone who supported the party all my life - it will send a real message to Enda Kenny," he added,
The move to back Mr McMahon represents the first time that the Reform Alliance has rowed behind a candidate in a Dail election.
However the by-election is expected to be won by Sinn Fein who are fielding prominent party councillor Cathal King.
Former MEP Paul Murphy, Labour councillor Pamela Kearns, Fine Gael senator Cait Keane and Fianna Fail councillor John Lahart are among the other candidates in the race.
Meanwhile, Lucinda Creighton yesterday held talks with members of the Technical Group about the prospect of securing greater speaking rights in the Dail. Further talks will take place in the coming days.