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Thursday 27 April 2017

De Burca warns Greens of 'annihilation' at polls

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

FORMER Green Party Senator Deirdre de Burca warned her former party colleagues they were facing "annihilation" unless they changed their approach to Government.

She used her first interview since quitting the Greens to stress that she still did not have any confidence in party leader John Gormley.

But Ms de Burca aroused anger in her party for claiming that Mr Gormley was likely to delay the publication of a controversial report about the activities of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA).

"Its publication will probably cause a degree of discomfort to our government partners. My own sense is that there will be an attempt to sit on it," she said.

Concerns

The Green Party last night issued a statement, saying that the DDDA report had only been provided to Mr Gormley on February 5.

"Deirdre de Burca never once raised the DDDA or its operations with John Gormley or the department. Indeed the only interaction she ever had on it was when John Gormley himself raised the issue at a parliamentary party meeting to inform colleagues of his concerns about the authority, and the need to address them," the party said.

Yesterday, Communications Minister and Green TD Eamon Ryan also backed Mr Gormley's handling of the DDDA report, which he said was being checked by the Attorney General.

"The report is now completed but it has to be acted on, and I'm sure the minister and the Attorney General will do that," said Mr Ryan.

Ms de Burca quit her Seanad role two weeks ago in protest at the Green Party's failure to secure her a job in the cabinet of European Commissioner, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn.

Ms de Burca told RTE's 'This Week' programme that she had been promised a position in the cabinet of European Commissioner Ms Geoghegan-Quinn by her party leader John Gormley. He had told Taoiseach Brian Cowen that the Green Party's support for Ms Geoghegan-Quinn was conditional on this -- and Mr Cowen had agreed to the request, she said.

Ms de Burca said she had been told later by Mr Gormley that she had been "shafted by Fianna Fail" and that Ms Geoghegan-Quinn would not agree to her joining her team.

"He told me there was nothing he could do about it, he was powerless to change the situation. This was the only the latest in a long pattern of FF giving the Green Party the run around," she said.

Irish Independent

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