Sunday 24 September 2017

John and David - what a fine banking crisis bromance

Former Green Party leader John Gormley takes a photo on his phone as he arrives at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys.
Former Green Party leader John Gormley takes a photo on his phone as he arrives at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys.
Economist David McWilliams
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

There was no way that it wasn't going to come up, although John Gormley might have thought he was home and dry by the time it got to the final quizmaster of the afternoon's session of the Banking Inquiry.

But there was no way that Joe Higgins was going to let him skate on one of the more memorable quotes of his turbulent term in power - not made by him, but addressed to him by the person sitting to his left, Mary Harney.

"Can I ask you - was the worst day in government better than the best day in opposition? Was that a siren call or was it sound advice from a partner in government?" enquired Joe. He was referring to the buck-up text message sent by the veteran Progressive Democrat to the Green Party leader in the chaotic last months of the toppling coalition, when the Greens were running about like headless organic chickens, agonising about whether to remain in situ or pull the plug and put the coalition and the horrified country out of their respective misery.

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