Greens’ price worth paying?

With Fianna Fáil studying a Green Party document, outlining where they believe last week’s discussions broke down, the word is that the conversation between the two parties will continue. Whether that conversation concludes before Thursday is another matter.. Meanwhile in the Irish Times, Stephen Collins points to the Hill of Tara as the kind of major symbolic gesture that Fianna Fáil would “have to do” to secure the Green Party’s support..[subs req] but that

At this stage it appears that Mr Ahern will not need the support of the Greens to be elected as taoiseach when the Dáil meets on Thursday. A deal with the two PDs and four Independents would guarantee him victory, even if the four Sinn Féin TDs voted against him. However, Mr Ahern wants the Greens for extra security. The only question is whether the price is one that Fianna Fáil is prepared to pay.

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  • Yokel

    This is truly a 50-50 situation.My own hunch and money is that they might manage it but I’m talking from the position of having some cover on an FF-PD combo to start with.

  • Valenciano

    Ahern may not need the support of the Greens to be elected, but it’s difficult to see how he can go the full term with just the PDs and indos. If he can’t secure a deal with another larger party then how long until the next election? I’d give him two years tops.

  • susan

    Greens now officially studying FF’s written response to their document:

  • What Bertie is trying to do is bounce the greens into his government, you have to admire his political guile. He new last weekend that the Green leadership would never get agreement from their membership on Sunday for any deal.

    So rather cleverly he is hoping the Green rank and file are as gullible as many others he has pulled a fast one on, and will believe he is now coming to the green leadership cap in hand and with his pockets full of environmental friendly polices.

    When in reality there is nothing Bertie can offer the greens which will have lasting value, but he knows if he can entice their leadership he will weaken their electoral base for the next ten years.

    I will not be holding my breath on any deal.