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Ryan can drive hard bargain as party is both wanted and needed

John Downing


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Green party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Green party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Green party leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

So will the Green Party join a coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael?

The answer turns on a second question: Are the two big parties ready to be seen to concede enough tough Green Party policy demands which are bound to hurt their own traditional grassroots' support?

Soon after the election count ended on Tuesday, February 11, speculation promptly switched to the prospects of a Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael-Green coalition. It was based on pure Dáil arithmetic; the realpolitik that the two big parties did not want to deal with Sinn Féin; and the Greens' record of staying the course through a very fraught first period in coalition from 2007 until 2011.