Wednesday 21 February 2018

Time runs out for a 'reform party'

The earlier poll date may have stymied plans for a national reform movement, but independents may still hold balance of power, says Maeve Sheehan

FOR a while now, the electorate has been teased with whispers of a new political movement; one that would harness the public anger at the country's economic demise and channel it into sweeping reforms.

Michael McDowell noted the gap in the market for a new political movement at a private meeting last summer, stirring rumours that the former Progressive Democrats leader might be ready for a comeback.

Nothing came of it.

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