Thursday, February 18, 2010

Labouring a Conspiracy Theory?

This column would never describe Labour Senator Dominic Hannigan as a conspiracy theorist but he could be on to something when it comes to the Green disharmony at the moment.

The Meath Senator ‘doesn’t buy’ the spin being put around that Deirdre de Burca quit because she was miffed about not getting the European job with new EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan Quinn.

The bigger question, he says, is what this tells us about what is going on inside the Green Party.

Writing on his blog, he said it is clear that there is a growing sense of dissatisfaction within the Green Oireachtas members.

“It can’t be nice for them to see the party they joined and built be one election away from disaster. For a few of the Oireachtas members, there can be little hope.”

But, he said, Paul Gogarty and Eamon Ryan may have a fighting chance come the next election.

“I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if either or both of these decided that their future is best served by pulling the Greens out of Government.”

“I think that Ministerial pensions kick in after three years in office, which is in just four months time. Could we see them break out soon after then?”

You could be onto something there, Dominic.

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