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Ryan and Johnson actually have more in common than you might expect

Gerard O'Regan


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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Eamon Ryan told the Dáil we should grow lettuce and the like in our window boxes. But behind his genteel suggestion to do our bit for Mother Nature lurks a vicious fight for power. The Green Party leader can be in no doubt that his deputy wants to steal his crown.

Catherine Martin has thrown down the gauntlet. She will give "serious consideration" to what can best be described as a leadership heave. The only thing holding her back is timing; if the numbers stack her way she will make her move.

Ryan is forewarned. He is not the first party leader who may rue the day he was "super successful" in a general election. Jack Lynch had scarcely a moment's peace after he led Fianna Fáil to a groundbreaking Dáil majority in 1977.