4 Dec 2009
John Gormley to resign before Copenhagen
'The department's initial response to a Freedom of Information request left out around 40pc of the €66,000 in costs run up by Mr Gormley on 22 foreign trips since he was appointed minister in 2007.
The omitted expenses included over €8,000 in fees for the use of VIP airport lounges in Dublin, London, Brussels and Frankfurt.
A further €3,000 was spent chauffeuring Mr Gormley between terminals at Heathrow Airport. The controversial limousine service was used by the minister six times in the course of four different foreign visits -- despite the availability of a free shuttle between terminals.'
John Gormley the widely discredited leader of the Irish Green Party is in very hot water, it looks increasingly likely that he will have to step down.
Despite calling for transparency his travel expenses omitted a large chunk of his bill according to Irish media sources which add up to €26,500
Now I guess for official functions you are going to spend some travel cash but on chauffeurs between different terminals in Heathrow is obscene.
I am guessing given how unpopular he is with the green movement he feared being pied by a member of Plane Stupid on the way to another flight to another climate event.
He would hide in the VIP lounge and then be chauffeured to avoid protesters armed with a real understanding of green politics and pies to throw at him.
The idea of Green MPs flying constantly and being chauffered around in large limos is sure to be picked up and used to discredit efforts to tackle climate change.
If John Gormley was serious about global ecology he would ditch the limo, in London I have run into Ken Livingstone a couple of times on public transport and while I am pretty critical of his policies I have seen Boris out cycling. If they can ditch the limos why not Gormley.
Irish people are facing huge cuts because of the economic crisis, politicians with gig expenses are unlikely to be popular.
The biofuels opt out is obscene, the main source of biofuels in the EU is palm oil from Colombia, in Colombia indigenous people and Afro-Colombians are murdered to get the land for palm oil.
If you use biofuels you aid in this extermination.
The Irish political system has corrupted the Green Party, this is a lesson we must all learn. Unless we want to see rising climate chaos and injustice, we must study it well.