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This afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Green Party TDs Roderic O’Gorman (left) and Ossian Smyth arriving at Leinster House for government formation negotiations.

Meanwhile…

Earlier, Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness said Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Sinn Féin should “get together and form a government”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sarah McInerney, Mr McGuinness said: “Fine Gael lost the election, Fianna Fáil lost seats, and Sinn Féin had a good election. I see no good reason why, in these economic circumstances that we shouldn’t have a government made up of these three parties. They should get on with it and start talking.”

He added: “It is ridiculous that we would spend so long talking to two single parties without exploring the input of others.”

Donohoe to give financial briefing at govt formation talks (RTÉ)

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Meanwhile…

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Labour Party Education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with former party leader  Brendan Howlin.

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This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with Senator Pippa Hackett (top left) and Senator Pauline O’Reilly (top right) tells the press that he will begin formal talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on government formation on Thursday.

Green Party leader hoping to conclude govt talks by end of month (RTÉ)

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This afternoon.

During the debate on the emergency legislation The Health Preservation and other Emergency Measures Bill…

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan addressed the Dáil and spoke about “Temple Of The Bars”, Neil Diamond’s song Sweet Caroline, his mam, anti-viral Olympics, Chinese “limp wimps” and salads ‘to go’.

He said:

“Taoiseach, I would like to commend you for your speech the other night. I think it articulated the desire for our people, for us, to show solidarity and collective action in response to this unprecedented crisis.

“That sense really came home to me I think was it Friday night or Saturday, people watching online, there was that video from The Temple of the Bars, where a good-time crew was singing ‘Sweet Caroline’.

“Hands holding hands, touching me, touching you. Sweet Jesus, you could not make it up for being out of tune with where we all were.

“And in some ways, I felt at that moment, do you know the same way back in the Eighties when ever [inaudible] soccer supporters abroad, ‘well if other people are gonna be hooligans, we’re going to be the number one, best behaved people in the planet’ collectively.

That same sense there, at that moment, we’re not gonna do that, hands touching hands, we’re going to look after each other. And I know there’s questions, people say ‘well, will we get fatigue’ in terms of our behavioural response.

“Anyone who thinks that, any scientist has yet to meet my mother, Mary Ryan who’s at home, I’m sure, watching this maybe like many a mother and father, grandfather out there.

“If there was an anti-viral Olympics, we’d win gold.”

She’d make the Chinese communist government look like limp wimps when it comes to the measures that will be taken to hold this threat at bay.

“We’re going to be good at this, we’re gonna take it on. We’re gonna pull together as Taoiseach, you and others, have said.

“It’s interesting, we were chatting at one of our meetings, discussing, I hope I’m not breaking confidence, we’re not breaking confidence here, just this issue. We’re agreed that we’re gonna go the suppression route, not the mitigation. We have to, if things go wrong, we may have to go down the line in mitigation.

But, for the moment, we’re going to take on the suppression route. Now how we do that, where we maintain the mental health of our people is important.

“And I was cited the example the other day, could be keep our hardware shops open. I know that’s not the most important thing, whatever, but if we kept our hardware shops open and if we have to work from home, or be at home for a period, well let’s paint the back of the house with the paint from that hardware shop.

Or let’s get every south-facing windowsill in this country and let’s plant our seeds in the next week so that if there is any supply crisis and food in two or three months time when this really hits hard, we’ll have our salads ready to go.

“Everyone’s home, every windowsill. All of us being part of the solution.

“And equally Taoiseach, we were saying this to you yesterday, as leaders we agreed it, we need to come together and get more political involvement and the solutions are great.”

Um.

Anyone?

Earlier: Meanwhile, In The Dáil

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan (middle) surrounded by Green Party members

This evening.

The Green Party leader Eamon Ryan released a statement calling for a national unity government, his party’s second such call. He said:

“Right now, the country is in the midst of an acute crisis. The kind not seen before. Around the country, communities are standing up together to protect the vulnerable and make sure everyone has what they need.

“We need this cooperation amongst our leaders too.

“We must work together in an unprecedented way to tackle this unprecedented crisis. That is why we are calling for a cross-party unified approach to government to deal with the crisis.

“Tackling the Coronavirus demands an all of government approach. We can see from other countries that stopping the spread of the virus and rebuilding after will take many months and likely more than a year. Other countries have taken this step and we believe that a crisis of this magnitude demands it.

“We are again calling on parties to suspend talks on forming a majority government and come together around a crisis National Unity Government. This would bring together all parties and independents to form a cabinet split proportionately and could be done in a way to minimise the disruption for departments dealing directly with the crisis.

“There is a difficult road ahead of us but we can get through it if we work together.”

National Government – A statement from Green Party Leader (Green Party)

Previously: Meanwhile At Leinster House

Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan

This morning.

Audrey Carville spoke to Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland about Government formation talks.

It follows the Green Party yesterday calling for the formation of “a crisis national government to be reviewed in three months” on account of the coronavirus pandemic, an idea rejected by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin.

It also took place ahead of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil holding more informal talks today.

From the interview:

Audrey Carville: “Your suggestion appears to have been rejected. Would you agree?”

Neasa Hourigan: “Yeah, it didn’t receive the consideration that we were hoping, certainly. We think that this is a time of national crisis. We think that it requires us to unite and to focus on that crisis.

“It’s going to impact all of the sectors of our community, it’s going to impact our economy. So it is disappointing that I feel, you know, they didn’t really take very long to think about it at all.”

Carville: “So do you now cover your blushes and go back into talks with both parties [Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael] about forming a government or do you stay out?”

Hourigan: “No, I think that…look, first of all, we have to come together as a group anyway and discuss that. But I stood on doorsteps up in Dubli Central and I never promised people that I wouldn’t necessarily go in with any particular party but what we did promise people is that we would negotiate a programme for government based on policy.

“Now what we know is that in the middle of a crisis, that it’s not appropriate now for us to be going through and doing the kind of granular important work of making a programme for government for five years while there are people ill, while there are people, you know, in hospitals, dying.

“So we’ve already heard from the two bigger parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, who are trying to make a government, that actually, they agree. They’re not interested now in doing those serious policy talks. What they want to do is fast-track a government, divvy up the ministries and get out with it. And that is not possible…”

Carville: “So are you in or out of those talks?”

Hourigan: “At the moment, we have to meet again but I can’t see us going back into those talks, no”

Carville: “Right, so you’re, you’ll be on the sidelines, watching in as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, plus Independents, put together a government?”

Hourigan: “Well, we would like them to consider again the national government idea. I think that it’s really worrying, having heard all of the parties actually who are sitting in Dáil Éireann, talk about the need for cross-party reaction to the coronavirus and, saying that, I can only take them at face value. In the last few days, they have been saying that a lot.

“And now, all of a sudden, when we say ‘well, well, you know, let’s really do that then’, ‘let’s not focus on your own ambition. Let’s look at how we can really serve the people, really serve the public’.

“Now, all of a sudden, it seems an incredible ask, now all of a sudden, it’s not something that’s possible. We can’t work together. We can’t work with other people…”

Carville: “You have that cross-party co-operation when it comes to the coronavirus, the party leaders are all in touch with each other, that is working. What many feel…”

Talk over each other

Carville: “If I could just finish…what many people feel is that the country needs a strong government with a working majority and a strong opposition at a time of crisis.”

Hourigan: “I think that’s incorrect. What the Government needs is a mandate. What we have right now is a government making decisions with no mandate. A national government would provide a mandate. There is no need to take the next five or six days and argue about who gets to be Taoiseach and who gets to be the Minister for Health. Let’s just move forward and actually look at how we can best protect people. I mean we have parties saying ‘we’re ready for government’ and ‘we’re serious about being in government’ and ‘there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be in government’.

“And yet now is your chance to put your money where your mouth is and they’re not interested.”

Carville: “Do you support how the Government is responding at the moment. Is it sufficiently urgent in terms of Covid-19?”

Hourigan: “I think we should be acting aggressively to stem the spread of Covid-19. We support the HSE, we support the Government, we support the chief medical officer, we did put out a press release yesterday, looking at the WHO recommendations and I notice the World Health Organisation did the same and there’s a number of health organisations who have done that, saying ‘let’s put everything on the table, all of the measures that we have seen, across Europe, in terms of limiting gatherings, in terms of giving social distancing advice’.

“Let’s put all of that on the table and have a really serious conversation about it and if there is political will or support needed in terms of the worry about the impact on the economy, we will provide that.”

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Yesterday: Meanwhile, At Leinster House

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan outside Leinster House last month

This afternoon.

The Green Party released the following statement:

“The Green Party Parliamentary Party met this afternoon and agreed that, in light of the unfolding Coronavirus crisis, the party are calling on all parties to suspend discussions on forming a majority government and work towards forming a crisis national government to be reviewed in three months.”

Green Party call for a national government to be formed to tackle the Coronavirus (Green Party)

Meanwhile…

Yikes.

Earlier: “Coronavirus Is Not A Mandate For Long-Term Government” [Updated]

Yesterday: Never Let A Virus Go To Waste

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Green Party’s Steven Matthews and Erika Doyle, Steven’s wife and his General Election 2020 campaign manager

This morning.

Via Independent.ie:

Wicklow TD Steven Matthews was forced to give up his council seat after he was elected to the Dáil.

But now his wife, Erika Doyle, has been co-opted to replace him on Wicklow County Council…

“The Green Party is a fully democratic party,” she said, before adding: “People are not appointed because of who they know and I wasn’t appointed.

I was selected, I was nominated and a full process was gone through and the Green Party members in Wicklow believe I am capable to represent them.”

‘I was transparently selected’: Green TD’s council seat is taken by his wife (Independent.ie)

Journalist Erika Doyle To Replace Green Party’s Steven Matthews On Wicklow County Council (Wicklow Now)

Pic via Wicklow People

Yesterday.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan literally forcing us to suck diesel.

Any excuse.

Update:

Um.

This morning.

The Green Party’s final General Election 2020 press conference with, third pic from left: candidate Peter Kavanagh, Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan, Deputy Leader Catherine Martin and candidates Joe O’Brien and Sean McCabe.

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