An opportunity to ‘Green’ the Republic’s foreign policy…

My own take on the Greens going into government over at Comment is Free is rather more upbeat. The Republic’s electorate did not vote en masse for a ‘Green revolution’, nevertheless, if the party were to box smart and leverage the Green issues that are dominating world affairs (or at least outside the bloody conflict zones of the Middle East and Africa), as well as a recognisable environmental gains within the country itself, it might just come out of this government ahead.

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  • “it might just come out of this government ahead”

    Ah but will it be a recyclable head or at the very least reusable and will it be bio-degradable

  • PJ

    I’m not sure a Green Party minister will change Ireland’s domestic and foreign policies.

    If this is Sargent’s aim, he should learn carefully the lessons of the French Greens when they entered into a government dominated by an overwhelming ally, the Socialist Party. They started claiming they were a full government party, not only an environmentalists lobby. They claimed the whole society should change, and became very involved in foreign politics. They might have been right, or not… but in the meantime, they had to deal with a mainstream party that didn’t really care about environmental issues after the elections. Lobbies representing Industry and Agriculture were stronger to handle than convincing a wee partner to compromise. Finally, the Green Party did very little on his “core business”, a few symbolic decisions on wildlife protection aside. They weren’t influential at all on other issues either. As a consequence, they progessively lost their support, and although environment remained an issue during the last Presidential elections, they have almost disappeared in terms of votes. Environmental concerns are represented by a gullible TV star now.

    I don’t know Bertie Ahern enough to assess if he’ll really take the Greens views into account. Maybe the Irish Greens have a more charismatic leader(like Fischer in Germany) able have a real influence on the government general policy. It won’t be an easy experience, and the Greens will have to learn how to change a protest party into an efficient managing party. Good luck to them.

  • PJ

    That particular charismatic green leader took his party and country into Afghanistan, yet another war without end and by so doing lost his party a great deal of credibility with the electorate.. The fact is the only thing that is driving this pro coalition vehicle is ego and personal ambition. If you look at what is on offer little if any of it will be of lasting value. If the Greens enter into a coalition with right of centre parties like the PD and FF they will lose all credibility as a radical force for good.

    As to any Green leader who recommends acceptance of Berties terms, it would be a grave dereliction of duty as they are well aware of the nature and politics of the man they are dealing with, as it was revealed just prior to the election.

    Bertie is out to destroy the greens as they are a minor irritant to FF and he cannot have failed to notice he is dealing with a man who still wears short trousers.

  • This just about sums up my viewpoint on any FF/PD GP coalition.


    Founder warns of ‘wipe-out’ of Greens
    Kilian Doyle and Patrick Logue

    The founder of the Green Party in Ireland has warned that a coalition deal with Fianna Fáil could lead to the “wipe-out” of the party.

    I suspect that in five years that anger, if anything, will become worse and it could lead to the wipe-out of the party.
    Green Party founder Roger Garland Roger Garland, who became the Green Party’s first TD when elected to the Dáil in 1989, said this morning he felt “betrayed” by the decision of the party’s current leadership to consider entering government with Fianna Fáil.

    Mr Garland said he was “very concerned” about the future of the party and described reported concessions made by the Green Party negotiating team, including those on the use of Shannon airport by the US military as “unbelievably bad”.

    He argued that Green voters did not want to see Fianna Fáil returned to power, and warned that to become junior government partners with them would put the Greens at serious risk.”

    From Ireland .com