At least 5 independent TD’s are considering forming a post-election bloc and endorsing a raft of independent candidates across the Republic. They are discussing a mini-manifesto that will be the basis of their alliance and negotiations after an election. Independents have often been ignored in the discussion about future coalition builiding in the 30th Dail and if successful, this intervention could reduce the possibility of Sinn Fein being the kingmaker. The independent strand is a strong one in southern politics and in 2002 significantly outpolled Sinn Fein’s 6.5% and 5 seats. It would also provide an untainted alternative for voters seeking to register a protest.