Tuesday 28 March 2017

Bruce Arnold: Greens' bizarre half-exit sets up a weak Budget

John Gormley addresses the Green Party press conference at Leinster House, Dublin yesterday
John Gormley addresses the Green Party press conference at Leinster House, Dublin yesterday

Bruce Arnold

John Gormley and the Greens made two constitutional blunders in their muddled and confused press conference yesterday. Firstly, they breached cabinet confidentiality and government agreement over their position on the financial package.

Second, they breached collective responsibility, supposedly still from within the Government, with their call for an election and their proposal as to when it should be declared. They must resign fully and not engage in bizarre half-resignation.

Their further pontifications do not make sense; they must give up the idea that they can set any political agenda.

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