11 Aug 2009
Irish Greens to leave Fianna Fail government
Rumours from Dublin suggest that the budget cuts that FF are pushing, will lead the Greens to ditch the coalition government.
It is hoped that by bringing the government down the Greens will get some credit from Irish voters long sick of suffering under the people often described as the 'porketeriat' because of their love of pork flavoured scratchings pushed their way by property developers.
By the way bet some one got a lot of bacon for the M3 motorway!
So watch this space, I think the Irish Greens have manipulated themselves into a no win situation.
The FF coalition was going to cause embarrassement, all commentators knew this, unfortunately it looks like wipeing out the Irish Green Party for a while to come, I predict no seats in the Dail after the General Election...if it comes either in 2009 or later.
Joseph Healy has produced an excellent article on the Irish Green Party by the way.
Incidentally while Joseph and I are Green Left, it is often forgotten that the whole GPEW has a policy critical of the Irish Greens over Tara......and while the GPEW may not be Irish, greens globally are appalled.
Not that they seem to take much notice
The GPEW passed an emergency motion at its conference calling for the motorway scheme to be stopped. The motion was not even acknowledged by the Irish party.
We were deluged with requests from anti-bloodsports organisations in Ireland to try to influence the new Green ministers to ban hare coursing — a particularly bloody and barbarous activity.
The Irish Greens didn't suddenly become the 'Not the Irish Green Party' it was a process, Joseph notes:
it was also obvious that the conference was tightly controlled, including a strict dress code, and largely stage-managed.
I told people in London I had felt distinctly uncomfortable. It suggested a party seeking “professionalism” at all cost and very thin on ideology.
It was perhaps indicative that international issues were not discussed at all.