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Lucinda group 'can't rule out being a party'

LUCINDA Creighton's husband has become the second member of the Reform Alliance to indicate they may take the next step to becoming a political party.

Senator Paul Bradford confirmed that supporters are putting pressure on the organisation to set up a party and he said that he couldn't rule out such a move.

The Reform Alliance conference in the RDS on Saturday drew a crowd of over 1,000.

And the group of five TDs and two senators are now planning further 'rallies' across the country.

Former European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton received a standing ovation after she defended the decision to vote against the abortion legislation.

Ms Creighton's husband Paul Bradford said that the public could watch this space.

"I appreciate that a lot of people are saying to us – set up a political party," he said.

"Our current work in progress is simply to be good politicians in the Dail or Seanad, to be constructive and to be positive.

"I'm not ruling out anything but I can't second guess where we will be in six or 12 months' time," he added.

Mr Bradford was speaking on Today FM's Savage Sunday programme and his comments echo those made by Senator Fidelma Healy Eames.

INTENTIONS

However, Ms Creighton has ruled out a new political party and said that she is "blue in the face" at being asked the question.

In the aftermath of Saturday's conference, a number of Fine Gael and Labour figures have questioned the intentions of the Reform Alliance.

Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan said he believes the group shares "very little in terms of common ground".

"Getting 1,000 people inside the RDS is a commendable achievement. I don't doubt their sincerity – I know them. I've worked with them.

"But the best option for all seven of them is to come back into Fine Gael and I hope that happens," he said.

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said Ms Creighton is "box office" from the perspective of media but questioned what the group stands for.

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