From tree-hugging party of protest to a party of paralysis
Far from undertaking root-and-branch government reform, the Greens rolled over, says Daniel McConnell
LONG disregarded and thought of as nothing more than a naive, marginal protest party of cranks, ageing hippies and lefty loonies, the Green Party made election history when it entered government for the first time ever in 2007.
Between then and now, the path of government has been anything but smooth for the small band of quirky left-wing idealists, and the party has seen its agenda pushed aside because of the combined economic, financial and banking crises that have beset this country.
Life as a Green Government minister has been, in the words of party leader John Gormley, "brutal" and it is taken as given that at least three of the current crop of six TDs will lose their seats come the next election. It might even be worse. If an election was held today, even senior party figures are saying it would be wiped out, totally.