Friday 9 December 2016

Why messers on the Left should be Green with envy

The Left has learned a lesson from the fate of the Green Party, but it's entirely the wrong one

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 06/03/2016 | 02:30

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett Photo: Tom Burke
People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett Photo: Tom Burke

Bruised by rejection, it may seem to many in Fine Gael like adding insult to injury that the first onus for cobbling together a coalition should fall to them, when the party was only marginally ahead of Fianna Fail, both in seats and the popular vote. But that is how governments are formed in a parliamentary democracy.

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Serious politicians shoulder the responsibility and get on with it without, to borrow a contentious word, whinging.

That is also why one of the figures to emerge from this election with most credit was Eamon Ryan of the Greens.

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