Monday 23 April 2018

Greens run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

The times we are in require a shift away from point-scoring politics, writes Willie O'Dea

If I thought my mobile usually rang a lot, it was nothing compared with the volume of calls and texts I got in the few hours before my interview with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show.

As word spread that I was going on the show, friends, supporters and colleagues were calling and texting with all sorts of advice. While there were some bits of contradictory advice, the majority view was clear and straightforward: be yourself and tell it as it was.

That is precisely what I tried to do. I don't bear any personal grudge regarding what happened to me last February. I do, however, have real concerns about the need of some in the Greens to have it both ways: especially as this Government approaches its last full year of office.

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