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Soft-touch Green Party leadership are 'nutters' if they think they got a good government deal

Fionnán Sheahan


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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD at Government buildings on Merrion Street Dublin
Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD at Government buildings on Merrion Street Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD at Government buildings on Merrion Street Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It’s appropriate that the Green Party is flagging footpaths as its biggest win in the government deal. It’s symbolic of how they got walked all over by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

Reading through the Programme for Government, Green Party members will get a somewhat green hue from the document. There are apparent wins in there on retrofitting, emissions, public transport and footpaths. There are clear losses on housing, farming and economic policy.

Sure, there’s a good record of implementation of policies contained in a Programme for Government, with about two out of three being acted on.