Tuesday 23 October 2018

'Squeaky wheels' that helped carry the party

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

The election posters saying "Bronwen Maher -- Independent" hanging on the wall showed the former Green Party councillor is quite clear about where her future lies.

The proximity of the local elections creates an urgency for anybody intent on walking away from the junior coalition partners.

The Greens may see further departures from their ranks in the coming weeks as councillors get nervous about the impact on their careers of the party's participation in an unpopular Government.

The party has lost two councillors in two days amid a flurry of damning internal attacks on its performance in government.


John Gormley, Eamon Ryan and Co stand accused by those who ground out a path for the Greens of "propping up a Government that has lost confidence", of "being in free-fall and in complete denial" and of "pursuing a stay-in-Government-at-all-costs agenda".

No tears were shed by the Green Party hierarchy for the departure of Chris O'Leary, and Maher herself admits senior party figures will see it as the party "getting rid of the squeaky wheels".

The party leadership has not been shy in alleging local considerations played a major part in the resignations.

The voluntary purging of the dissidents may remove some of the critics from the ranks before the situation gets any worse, but there's no questioning O'Leary and Maher did make a contribution to the Greens' development.

Green Party leader John Gormley bizarrely claimed the party had failed to communicate its "huge achievements" to the public.The party has yet to show it has a firm contribution to make on the economic front.

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