Are the Greens getting the jitters?

On Stormont Live today, BBC NI’s Dublin correspondent Shane Harrison reported back from the European, and local, elections campaign trails in Ireland, pointed out the difference between there and here, and commented on Sinn Féin’s chances.

  • slug

    The Green Party candidate in NI is very impressive – Stephen Agnew. I hope he does well.

    He has drawn attention to the fact that Harland and Wolff has benefited from the Green economy in its building of wind turbines.

    Currently the Greens are very much on a low vote share but they could do well now they are on a more professional footing.

    Agnew has fresh ideas, interviewed very well on H&M and deserves to do well.

    Slugger totally ignores the local Green Party, so I thought I would link to his interview on H&M here:

    Stephen Agnew interview

    I think its great to see new faces in politics and I think Stephen’s commitment to his political views is very clear and well articulated.

  • Pete Baker


    Try to keep the campaigning in the comments zone to a minimum.

  • An fhirinne gharbh

    Fianna Fail standing Pat the Cope seems to have taken the wind out of Sinn Fein and Padraig Mac Lochlainn’s sails in the North-West. I think the Shinners can afford to be philosophical though – they need people in Dail Eireann more than in Brussels.
    There might be a more determined tactical anti-Sinn Fein vote in Dublin since it’s become apparent that McDonald has a few points advantage over her rivals for the 3rd seat.

  • Oiliféar

    I fully support the Greens being in government. As a Green, I’m indifferent to whether that government be formed with Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael (Tweedledum or Tweedledee). But I am very uncomfortable about the current polling of the major coalition party. Democracy is not a thing that happens once every five years. It is a thing that happens every day and this government has lost its mandate to govern.

    Parties dip and rise in the polls throughout the lifetime of a government but the mood of the people has palpably changed. Following the local and European elections (and their inevitable results) it will be morally wrong for the Greens to perpetuate this government against the will of the people.

    The right thing to do, whatever the political consequences, will be to end the coalition and (as a practical consequence) put it to the people. If the Greens do not, they will have lost sight of fundamental Green principles. That would not only be a very sad thing indeed but a choice that would cost the party dearly for years to come.

    Doing the honourable thing, on the other hand, might genuinely separate the Greens from the lazy and power hungry of the Irish political mainstream and demonstrate to the people that Green politics is about more than just windmills and incinerators.