Cycling lanes and disappointment.
This game sucks.
Last week: Level: Varadkar
From top: Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman in the Dáil last Thursday; Cork City Councillor Lorna Bogue
Cork’s Echo reports that Cork City councillor Lorna Bogue has resigned from the Green Party.
“I did so because it became very clear to me that the leadership of the Green Party lacks the competence to make a substantive difference to the way that the Irish State treats its most mistreated groups – as evinced by the handling of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission Bill,” her resignation statement began.
Ms Bogue said that whilst she believed the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman was “coming from a well-intentioned position” she disagreed with how the matter was handled.
“I cannot say to my constituents in Cork City South East, who live in the shadow of Bessborough Mother and Baby Home, that the Green Party engaged on this issue with a full understanding of its seriousness, nor with the close attention and careful handling that it deserves,” she said.
Exclusive: ‘Little confidence in cabinet members’, Cork councillor resigns from Green Party (Echo Live)
Earlier: Illegitimate History
Friday: Not So Fast
Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Masked animal rights activists protesting outside the Department of Agriculture, calling for a ban on hare coursing, in which dogs are tested on their ability to ‘run, overtake and turn a hare’.
The Green Party, in government formation talks, failed to persuade their coalition partners to ban the activity, considered a cruel bloodsport by campaigners.
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan
Statement from Green Party Leader on the resignation of Dara Calleary
Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan
Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan voted against her party for a Labour Party motion to extend eviction and rent protection to all tenants and just those affected by Covid.
She’s only the party’s chief whip.
More political upheaval: Green TD Neasa Hourigan quits as party whip and votes against government (Independent.ie)
Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin last night
Brooks Hotel, Dublin 2.
Eamon Ryan won 994 votes to leadership challenger Catherine Martin’s 946 in a ballot of Green Party members.
Eamon Ryan said:
“It was a really close result. There is no two ways about that. The result could have gone either way. I will reflect on that.”
Catherine Martin said:
“There was diversity of opinion about going into coalition and about the programme for Government and that has been expressed but I believe we need to welcome those differences of opinion and be a welcoming space.
In relation to members that have left, I think it is very important that we engage with them.
I’ll be inviting them to talk to us and I’ll be asking them to stick with us.”
Last night: Perchance To Dream
Yesterday: Not With The Programme
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Green Party leadership candidates Catherine Martin and Eamon Ryan attend a cabinet meeting ahead of an announcement of result by the party at 7pm.
More as we get it.
From top: Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman and Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht Catherine Martin; From left: Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity Pippa Hackett ,Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar
Earlier: Not With The Programme
Earlier: A Limerick A Day
Worth a try.
From top: Green Party leader Eamon Ryan in the Dáil last night; Green Party CouncillorLorna Bogue
Further to the last night’s vote against a a private members motion brought by the Social Democrats which sought to strengthen the rights of workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cork Green Party Councillor Lorna Bogue tweetz:
Last night my party voted against maternity payments and against a living wage and collective bargaining for precarious workers.
I’ve no information on why workers rights weren’t defended by the Green Party. Maternity payments were ‘unconstitutional’ if anyone can shed light on that
Workers rights are integral to just transition – we will not reach our climate goals without them.
I also can’t shake the intergenerational nature of the harm we have done today.
We say we are a party for future generations but we abandoned young families and young workers today.
I’ve spent six years defending the Green party – telling people on the doors they wouldn’t repeat the intergenerational harm they inflicted last time.
This party has made a liar out of me. A new generation of the young will pay for the failure of the Green Party with their futures.
Last night: Getting Woke
The 96FM Opinion Line with PJ Coogan
Fergal Barry writes:
This morning Cllr Bogue spoke to PJ Coogan about her disappointment at the party’s vote last night…However she will remain in the party, criticising when necessary from the inside.
Comfy-looking chairs, in fairness.
Previously: Why John Gormley Stayed In Bed