“It’s not like the Greens are a listed building or anything…”

Blogorrah has 6 reasons why the deal failed. Expad.ie’s take on Ciaran Cuffe’s devil talk. WorldbyStorm reckons it was 40 hours work well worth the effort from the Greens. Miriam Lord’s extended metaphor on Fianna Fail as property developers in yesterday’s the Irish Times is worth repeating.

Fianna Fáil have learned a thing or two from their developer friends. For sure, build it and they will come. Better again, target a suitable property, demolish, rebuild and reap the profit.

Nearly a week of painstaking tinkering with the Greens. Then everything collapses.

Nothing to do with us, pleaded Fianna Fáil last night. It’s not like the Greens are a listed building or anything.

Although naturally, the party is very saddened at the turn of events. They say the situation is not beyond repair, and will seek to rebuild if possible.

Séamus Brennan is always rolled out to deal with these sensitive situations. In the manner of a property speculator who discovers that the protected structure he purchased on prime building land has inexplicably burned to the ground during the night, Séamus Brennan said he was “somewhat surprised” when negotiations with the Greens collapsed.

“We are still available to see if there are still gaps to be bridged,” he said, oozing good faith. “We are available to try to continue to close those gaps,” continued Mr Sincerity.

There was “common ground” between the two parties. They had built up a “fine relationship” during their talks on forming a government. The atmosphere was “great” and the “goodwill” was bouncing off the walls.

However, he said sadly, there were five main sticking points. (He had them written down on a little slip of paper in his hand.) Climate change, transport, education, local government, health. And that was even before any talk of divvying up jobs or considering the PDs.

Between now and Thursday, even President McAleese, Ireland’s answer to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, would have difficulty crafting a structure to span those particular gaps.

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  • susan

    Very good insights from WorldByStorm. His follow-up in his own comments zone worth reading, too.

  • URQUHART

    ick: “Miriam Lord’s extended metaphor on Fianna Fail as property developers in yesterday’s the Irish Times is worth repeating.”

    Not really.

    Is Miriam’s absolute failure of analysis during the election campaign so quickly and easily forgotten?

    Whiel it may not look great at the minute, I wouldn’t go writing off a deal with the Greens just yet.

  • Have to be honest URQUHART, I really enjoyed Lords pieces as colour pieces.

    Cheers susan…

  • Crataegus

    Apparently FF and Greens have made contact again.

    They both need each other in my opinion. Not a marriage of love but of necessity for both, and like many such marriages it may just work. Greens need to show that their policies are not off the wall and credibility. FF need numbers, but not too many.

    Also Bertie’s days are probably numbered so the government could have a fresh new look and in 5 years what state FG and Labour?

  • Aquifer

    In Developers terms the Greens are sitting on a ‘Ransom Strip’ Can FF get access to their site another way?

  • Crataegus

    Aquifer

    Nicely put!!

  • URQUHART

    WorldbyStorm: “Have to be honest URQUHART, I really enjoyed Lords pieces as colour pieces.”

    And you’re entitled to, but I think that when a political sketch writer gets his or her analysis of the colour and mood of the election entirely wrong, it is at least worthy of note. And it’s worth having a pinch of salt to hand when you read their material again.

  • abucs

    A bit tricky for small parties seeking government. I guess the Greens don’t want to risk going the way of the PD’s in the last election.

    If they are going into coalition, they need to get something concrete (pardon the pun) out of the next 5 years.