Liz O'Donnell: Reform Alliance has a long way to go before it can begin to match the PDs
If the Reform Alliance wants to be taken seriously, it needs to knuckle down and commit to a clear policy platform
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.