Reform Alliance seeks TDs for speaking rights
THE Reform Alliance is preparing to approach a number of Independent TDs in a fresh bid to secure greater speaking rights in the Dail.
The Irish Independent has learned that the move is being considered in response to what members view as a "concerted effort" to have them excluded during Dail debates.
Sources close to the Reform Alliance say that aligning with at least two TDs would give them a crucial slot during Leaders' Questions, which takes place three days a week.
This is the period in the Dail when the Opposition has the opportunity to question the Taoiseach and Tanaiste on whatever issue of their choosing.
Discussions have also intensified in relation to plans for the group to become a fully-fledged political party in September.
Members of the Reform Alliance believe that delaying the formation of a party beyond September will make it more difficult for the group to prepare for the general election.
There have also been talks over a potential name for the party. Names mooted are 'Reform Party', 'New Alliance' and 'Progressive Alliance'.