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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael 'must be held to promises they made'


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Dublin Central TD Neasa Hourigan

Dublin Central TD Neasa Hourigan

Dublin Central TD Neasa Hourigan

One of the Green Party's most prominent opponents to entering coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael has said they must be held to the promises made in the Programme for Government.

Dublin Central TD Neasa Hourigan - who was on the Green Party's negotiating team but then campaigned against the programme for government - made the remarks after it was comfortably approved by the membership.

A two-thirds majority was required in the vote. In the end, the result was 1,435 in favour of going into government with 457 against, a majority of 76pc.

After the result, party leader Eamon Ryan said: "The biggest challenge of all is to stop the madness that climate change will bring if it's let go unchecked. That's our job in government. That's what we've been voted in to do."

Ms Hourigan last night said she had "enormous respect" for the party's membership and added that it had "been a bruising few months".

She said the party must continue to advocate for the marginalised, adding: "I think we should work together to hold all of the coalition partners to the commitments they made in the Programme for Government.

"That's what I intend to do. That's what I see as the best course of action."

Deputy leader Catherine Martin - who is challenging Mr Ryan for the leadership - said some members would be disappointed by the result.

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She assured them the party will "work every day to ensure this government will deliver for all the people of Ireland".

Ms Martin said Ireland had suffered "untold heartbreak" and economic loss in the coronavirus crisis, the country was "crying out for stable government", and "the Green Party is stepping up to serve".

She said trust must be built with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and that many Greens would be sceptical about the coalition.

Ms Martin said there were some in the larger parties that weren't "overjoyed" with the Green Party being in government.

She said: "We will ensure this government is one of mutual respect, co-operation, good faith and trust."


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