Irish Greens Leave Fianna Fail Coalition

The New York Times is reporting that the Green Party in Ireland has abandoned the governing coalition, leaving it without a majority.

The Greens’ leader, John Gormley, said Mr. Cowen’s flurry of moves to keep himself in office had ruptured the “trust” on which the coalition rested.

“Our patience has reached an end,” Mr. Gormley said.

The loss of the six Green votes in the 166-seat lower house of the Irish Parliament left the Cowen government without a majority. It also put the government at high risk of being voted out of office this week before securing passage of legislation to authorize steep tax increases and spending cuts required by the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank as part of the bailout plan.

In a statement at the Green Party of Ireland’s website, Gormley states:

It has been a very rare privilege to serve in government. It would of course have been preferable if our time in government had not coincided with the worst economic downturn in our nation’s history. It has meant having to take the most difficult decisions that any party could have faced.

We did so it was because it was the right thing to do.

I am proud of our many achievements in the areas of planning, renewable energy, energy-standards of buildings, water conservation and other environmental areas. I’m proud that we gave rights to gay couples through civil partnership, and that we persisted in our belief that education and the arts should be protected. These two areas are absolutely vital for our economic recovery.

I regret obviously that we did not have more time to complete our other legislation, which is very well advanced.

There’s a link at Ballot Access News to an article at The Journal which claims to have the Green’s “Statement in full”.

The BBC is reporting

Green Party leader John Gormley: “The Irish people have begun to lose confidence in politics”

The Republic of Ireland’s Green Party is pulling out of the ruling coalition, a move expected to bring forward the general election due on 11 March.

The Greens’ announcement wipes out the ruling coalition’s two-seat majority and puts into question the passage of a vital finance bill.

We had reported earlier here that the Irish Greens would remain in the government until the passage of the finance bill mentioned above, and that Greens were willing to remain in government to push for adoption of climate change legislation.

Ronald Hardy


  1. Gregg

    Probably not gonna happen. I can feel fairly certain that people from Comhaontas Glas (Irish Green Party) do not frequent this site a whole lot… emmm OK ever.

    I can give ya a fairly baised perspective. Going via my father, who is very active in Sinn Fein and then transmitted thru me.

    My father and I talk fairly frequently. He and others used to have some respect for the Greens. Specifically their stated position on numerous human rights issues both in Ireland and International.

    When the Greens entered into coalition with Fianna Fail folks became a little suspect. Then it became apparent that the Greens were simply a bunch of middle class opportunistic comfortable types. Class is a very important issue in Ireland, which has been so poor for so long.

    Activists in Ireland, specifically enviornmentalist activists became very angry at the Irish Greens sumersaulting of excuses as to why they remained with Fianna Fail. Especially those activists who were in the Shell To Sea campaign. This is a campaign where Shell Oil company is taking Irish sovereign land in County Mayo and placing a bloody great Gas Pipe. Making the natives very unhappy. With the OK of the Fianna Fail government and their junior partner, the Greens. Sumersaults of excuses continued. The rank opportunism became very self evident.

    Then the next budget came out. The IMF was demanding that the Irish governent institute austerity programs, hiting the poor in Ireland very badly. This obviously mirrors what the IMF has done in many other countries.The sumersaulting Green leadership continued.

    At the next election the Greens lost about 70% of their seats but still enough to keep Fianna Fail in power. Our erstwhile Green Pparty leadership hung on. The vast majority of the base of the Greens had fled to other parties, Sinn Fein and Labor mainly but the leadership still had jobs in the government.

    THEN the Fiannna Fail Taoisceach (Kind of the Irish version of the president) Brian Cowen has been tied directly to he economic crisis and the Bankers Bailout. He resigned as Taoiseach of Fiannna Fail but still remains in power.

    Well, the Irish Greens could see that they were now tied directly to a VERY unpopular man in Ireland. The writing was on the wall. So our brave stawarts in the Irish Greens finally left Fianna Fail. Oh wait, that is right. With Cowen gone, those cushy jobs for the leadership were “reshuffled” and THEN the Greens left the government. There will now be an election in Ireland in March.

    I met a member of the Irish Greens when he came and visited Minnesota a few years ago. He had spoke at a Green event in Minnesota. He was one of those activists in the Shell To Sea campaign and was REALLY pissed at the antics of the leadership then.

    He was ready to leave the Grens then. I still have the Comhoantas Glas cap he gave me.
    It is a fine cap.

    So, as da Oirishman say

    Dat is about fookin’ dat

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