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In these dark times we can't afford to be looking forward to a bright green future

Lorraine Courtney


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Warning: Paschal Donohoe gave us a reality check with his projected deficit figures. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Warning: Paschal Donohoe gave us a reality check with his projected deficit figures. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Warning: Paschal Donohoe gave us a reality check with his projected deficit figures. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The Greens are raising eyebrows all over the country as news breaks of a leadership election in the midst of government formation talks. The party insists on its constitutional right to do so. As for the national interest...

Well, the Greens are different, aren't they? That messy business of running the country under the most extraordinary circumstances imaginable may not look as attractive as it once did.

But what I am wondering is whether we can afford to go full-on green right now? This would have been a crazy question three short months ago, when school children were striking for climate change and Greta Thunberg was an international celebrity. But Covid-19 has pushed even poor Greta out of the headlines and climate action increasingly seems like a luxury we can't afford with the great recession looming ahead of us all.