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Lise Hand: Deal debacle casts a dark cloud over sunny Gormley

IT was a grand day for a Green minister to be out and about. The sun was shining in a benevolent, non-global-warming sort of way; the immaculate pitch visible through the window of the Croker function-room was even greener than John Gormley's own political credentials, and he was kicking off his day with a positive Green vibe to announce.

The Environment Minister was in Croke Park bright and early yesterday to officially open the two-day Green Economy Expo -- another event in the ongoing march to add a further few shades of viridian, olive and jade to an Emerald Isle currently languishing in the red.

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