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# Reform Alliance

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# Support
There's MORE good news for Enda and Joan in the latest opinion poll
Shane and Lucinda, maybe not so much.
# to join or not to join
'Lucinda or Shane never knocked at my door ... they probably knew better'
So, are any Senators going to join the new alliance or party?
# reboot ireland
Confirmed: Here's everything we know about Lucinda Creighton's new political party
It doesn’t have a name yet but it does have a hashtag.
# party time
Lucinda Creighton is set to announce a new political party today
She will be joined by four other Reform Alliance members.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you vote for a party or Independent candidate in the next general election?
It’s looking likely that Independents will play a considerable role in the next Government.
# Change
Shane Ross is the current favourite to lead a new political party
That’s according to a poll that the Independent TD commissioned himself.
# Can't we be friends?
The massive row that shut down the Dáil on Wednesday is only getting worse
It’s complicated, but let us explain…
# New Job
Overlooked Seanad hopeful who quit Fine Gael is now working for Lucinda Creighton
Samantha Long is working as a secretary for the former Fine Gael minister.
# not getting along
Three TDs have been suspended from the Dáil after a massive row
And the Dáil has now been suspended until tomorrow morning.
# Join Me
Is Lucinda Creighton recruiting for a new party?
She says not yet. Kind of.
# Friends
They didn't want her, but the Technical Group had an 'amicable' meeting with Lucinda Creighton today
The Dáil grouping now wants more speaking rights and extra committee memberships.
# Awkward
Lucinda Creighton says she's joined the Dáil Technical Group - but they don't want her
Much confusion as to whether the former Fine Gael TD is now part of the loose alliance of independent deputies.
# Welfare
A TD used a Dáil question to ask if a water meter protester would have their dole cut
Terence Flanagan used a case involving one of his own constituents to ask if the Department of Social Protection cuts the dole of anti-government protestors.
# Hoop Dreams
Peter Mathews: We should hire the national basketball arena for the banking inquiry
The Reform Alliance TD has played down suggestions he is lobbying to be added to the inquiry in the wake of Stephen Donnelly’s departure.
# mixed messages
Do the RA want back in Fine Gael?: 'No' ... 'I don't know' ... 'Google it'
Call them what you like: the Reform Alliance, ‘the Ra’, ‘Lucinda Creighton’s Reform Allilance’. Just don’t call them a party.
# ch-ch-ch-changes
The RA thinks Irish Cabinets are like the Leitrim football team, and it wants changes
Term limits for ministers, performance-related pay, and giving everyone a say on the Budget… The Reform Alliance has a lengthy political wish-list.
# Analysis
There's a lot of talk, but a new political party is not imminent. Here's why...
There’s talk, and a lot of it, about a new political party being set up in Ireland but the reality is that any such development remains a way off yet.
# Gone for good
'We wish her well': Fine Gael has no hard feelings over Creighton's decision to quit the party
The former junior minister has confirmed she will not be renewing her membership of the party.
# Bursting Bubbles
Is this the solution to property bubbles?
The Reform Alliance reckon it has housing bubbles licked.
# He's out
'Extremely unlikely': Peter Mathews says he'd need to win the lotto to run for Europe
It is now unlikely that the Reform Alliance TD will seek election to the European Parliament in May.
# whip system
Creighton: 'Inconvenient truths, independent thought' not welcome in government
The Reform Alliance TD made the comments this evening as her former party’s Ard Fheis got underway.
# Making a move
Shane Ross asks supporters: Is the time right for a new political movement?
The independent TD has emailed a small network of supporters and advisors to seek their views on the possibility of establishing a new political movement.
# Jobswatch
Lucinda Creighton is looking for 'tact and discretion' in her new assistant
The TD is looking for someone to bring organisation to her days.
# Portlaoise Hospital
‘Concerns will be addressed in full’: Emotional Reilly says baby deaths are ‘disturbing’
The Minister for Health appeared close to tears in the Dáil earlier.
# collective
New TD group would be as different from Reform Alliance 'as night and day'
Three independents have been approaching a number of TDs with the aim of forming a group to push common policies.
# top-ups
€600k in leftover funding used to 'manipulate taxpayer', Creighton claims
Denied by Minister Howlin, she said money earmarked for TDs who are no longer Fine Gael or Labour parliamentary members would be used to make the public ‘vote in a particular way’.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday
Everyone’s been talking about the fire in Clondalkin, the ‘RA’ conference, and Met Éireann’s storm warning…
# Reform Conference
9 things we learned from the Reform Alliance’s ‘monster meeting’
The turnout was good, the ideas were flowing and the organisers appeared delighted with themselves. But what chance a political party?
# Reform Alliance
Creighton: I did not approach Peadar Tóibín about Reform conference
The TD said today that she did not make any approach to Tóibín, despite what he is alleged to have said on radio last week.
# Reform Alliance
‘We need a new party like a hole in the head’: Conference discusses political and health reform
The conference is hearing from various high-profile commentators on political, health and economic reform.
# Reform Conference
'I'm here to see if reform is actually achievable' (videos)
We asked four people why they’re at the Reform Conference in Dublin today. Here’s what they told us…
Reform Alliance: 'For far too long politics has been seen as a closed shop'
Today’s Reform Conference will open discussion on key areas of reform, writes Terence Flanagan.
# Analysis
Conference must show that Reform Alliance is about more than just abortion issue
The alliance exists because its members voted against the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, but can it gain wider appeal? Today’s conference at the RDS will be a key indicator.
# The RA
“There are some very good ministers and some very poor ones”
Lucinda Creighton today took aim at her former cabinet colleagues.
# Reform Alliance
Creighton insists RA conference logo is 'hardly original' amid Fianna Fáil comparisons
The ‘backwards Fianna Fáil logo’ was how one Cabinet minister described it.
# The RA
Mattie McGrath would consider joining Reform Alliance, Creighton says they'll work with anyone
“I am prepared to consider anything,” the Tipperary South TD told today.
# Election 2014
Mathews wants all the political parties to support his European Parliament bid
Ireland needs a “straight-talking team” of 11 MEPs to help negotiate a debt write down, the Independent TD believes, but he has not held talks with any of the parties about joining them or getting their support.
Column: The Reform Alliance – should we expect radical change... or more of the same?
The new political alliance espouses reform; however, there appears to be little real questioning of the nature of that ‘reform’ or who stands to benefit from it, writes Rory Hearne.
# Out in the Cold
Expelled FG TD: Kenny doesn't hold grudges, but decision to readmit me lies with him
Fine Gael dissident Brian Walsh said he has met with Enda Kenny since his expulsion and that he has a good working relationship with the Taoiseach.
# The RA
Creighton and Timmins insist Reform Alliance conference not prelude to political party
“We’re doing what it says on the tin,” Lucinda Creighton has insisted as the 25 January conference fuels talk that a new political party is on the way.