Fionnan Sheehan: The task of building a real political force
Setting up a brand new party would be no easy challenge, writes Fionnan Sheahan, Group Political Editor
'Nothing but a group of disillusioned Fine Gael TDs that basically support the economic policies of the Government but reject their social policies." It's hard to disagree with independent TD Finian McGrath's assessment of the Reform Alliance.
Nonetheless, the potential emergence of a new political party on the horizon has created a frisson of excitement.
The fallout from the economic crisis hasn't really ended the traditional alignment of political parties that dates back to the Civil War. It has merely rearranged their order.