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Greens upped their game in last week of Dáil

The Green strategy to push through the Wildlife Amendment Act last week before the summer recess managed to kill a number of birds with one stone, if you’ll excuse the expression.   It consolidates the core green vote, rewards animal rights activists for supporting continuance in Government and creates brand distance from Fianna Fáil.  And whether by accident or design, aided and abetted by the botched Fine Gael coup and the professional campaign orchestrated by RISE, managed to distract attention from the more pressing  issues.

Notwithstanding the fact that the legislation is weak – it only bans the hunting of stags on horseback – the Greens were at pains to dilute the two bills (Wildlife and Dog Breeding) to soothe the nerves of Fianna Fáil backbenchers.   The only Green representative that may suffer fallout is Carlow Kilkenny’s Mary White.

Interestingly,  the Greens appear to have adopted a hectoring style and tone judging from reports from that ‘media-shy magnet’ Mattie McGrath who claimed that Trevor Sargent suggested he ‘get the posters ready’ while Mary White advised him to consider a ‘full frontal lobotomy’.

Whatever the backbench fall-out from the tension filled pre-recess week,  a number of things have become clear  –  Fianna Fáil have serious leadership problems and will have time over the summer to foment dissent,  Fine Gael are similar and have unveiled an aging team under the misnomer of ‘youth and experience’.  Labour stand accused of cynical politics in their refusal to support the Wildlife legislation and may have redeemed some voter sympathy in urban areas with its support for the Dog Breeding Bill.  One wonders, while the party is strong in Dublin, can it really afford the luxury of dropping votes and possible Green transfers in favour of its country cousin candidates?

The Greens had a good week and are embarked on a strategy of difference as they head into the home straight toward the election.  However the leadership will need to show that its policy differences and impending legislation are credible and relevant to ordinary people’s lives. To date, minor criticisms aside, the general thrust of its planning and renewable energy policies are positive.

However the real challenge for Green survival, and to reactivate the necessary transfer patterns that are a prerequisite for Green candidates come election time, will be the introduction of policy that is people-focused, e.g. Civil Partnership Bill, and not the technical/structural areas it has been associated with heretofore (apologies Mary Coughlan).

What the media failed to pick up was that the Civil Partnership Bill (another welcome but weak Bill) was also an indirect payback for the relatively new but sizable grouping of young gay members who have been hothoused by the leadership and, in return, have remained extremely loyal.

Greens now contaminated by facilitating cover-up


Ryle Dwyer, writing in Saturday’s Irish Examiner, claimed:

“Since the latest Irish Times public opinion poll was conducted, the banking report drawn up by Patrick Honohan, governor of the Central Bank, was sharply critical of the Financial Regulator, the Central Bank, senior managers of the banks and the Government’s fiscal and budgetary policy for contributing significantly to our current economic crisis.

The Government has responded with breathtaking arrogance by establishing a commission of inquiry into the banking crisis and stipulating that the probe not investigate the decisions taken by government. This is a gross affront to democracy and an insult to the intelligence of the electorate.

It would seem the Greens have already become contaminated because they are backing these measures and thus behaving with the same contemptible arrogance.

Eamon Ryan tried to suggest the Green Party had nothing to do with what went wrong because it ‘was not in government for the long period in which these failings developed’.

That is true, but the Greens are now making up for lost time by facilitating the cover-up. They are essentially supporting the betrayal of the Republic.

Read the full article here:

Oh dear oh dear, what are the Greens at?

It really does sadden me to witness the viciousness of the attacks on both sides of the De Burca resignation debacle.

The party though has adopted a rather unseemly, distasteful culture which appears designed to rid the organisation of any dissenting voice or constructive criticism.

Good people have been let go or encouraged to leave and have been very publicly and personally attacked by their former ‘colleagues’ for doing so.  How and why has it come to this?

And now the poor poll results for both party and leader.

Here’s a report in the Irish Independent on the latest results:

Irish Independent

If the Greens were “shellshocked”, in the words of Paul Gogarty, at the resignation of Deirdre de Burca from the party and the Seanad yesterday, they will be even more deeply traumatised by this morning’s headlines.

Green Party support has slumped 3pc to a miniscule and statistically dismissive level.  Leader John Gormley’s satisfaction level has fallen correspondingly.

People formed their opinion before Deirdre de Burca launched her onslaught, accusing the Greens of abandoning their political values and integrity and of being no more than an extension of Fianna Fail.

She went on to accuse John Gormley of failing to serve the party properly and of allowing an insidious “drift” to develop.

Green Party TDs rallied around their leader yesterday in exchanges that eerily echoed those of Fine Gael TDs a few days ago.

Trevor Sargent said Ms de Burca’s criticisms didn’t ring true and were unfair. Yet it seems a world away since the same Trevor Sargent waved a cheque and challenged Dublin county councillors to own up about bribery. A long way too from the Rumble in Ranelagh when John Gormley shouted down Michael McDowell for daring to question his Green integrity.

For a party with only a handful of representatives in the Oireachtas, the departure of Ms de Burca is a significant blow, and her stinging valedictory words, together with today’s poll findings, will shake Green nerves.



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