Apparently the Irish people cannot have a general election any time soon according to the latest communication from the Green Party’s Dan Boyle. Why so? Well to summarise – the Irish voters would put the Labour Party and Fine Gael into Government – two political parties the Greens’ deem unsuitable. Under any other guise this statement could be labelled totalitarianism! Continue reading
Tomorrow the Green Party will ask themselves the big question “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” when they decide if they should support the new Programme for Government and NAMA .
Or pull out of Goverment and probably cause a General Election.
Much media time and interest is being spent on the newly negotiated Programme for Government however I believe the burning question, and real issue on the table tomorrow is NAMA. Continue reading
Bronwen Maher is a guest speaker at a meeting being held the Green Party of England & Wales annual conference in Brighton this weekend. The meeting is being organised by Green Left. Her speech titled ‘Greens in Coalition – the Irish Experience’ tracks the experience of the Green Party in government and its impact on voters, the membership and the party’s future.
Maher claims that “The Irish Green Party party has lost touch with people’s everyday lives . The Local and European elections in June also showed that the crisis facing the Irish Green Party is that traditional Green voters will support a viable and credible alternative to the official Green Party candidate”.
I’ve become a bit of a fan of Irish Times columnist Elaine Byrne who writes on political decision making in Ireland. She and colleagues from Trinity College organised the recent Political Reform Conference which asked the question ‘Are our Institutions Fit for Purpose? Political Reform in the Republic of Ireland’.
This new Political Reform organisation is a very welcome development. As a feminist – power and who has access to power has always fascinated me.
Indeed one of the main reasons I joined the Green Party in 1989 was their policy on strengthening local democracy and making our decision making structures more transparent. Twenty years on, and after five years serving as a City Councillor my conviction that we must constantly work to ensure that our decision making structures are completely transparent, accountable and representative is as strong as ever.
Twenty years on we still see very low levels of women in politics, and are no further ahead in strengthening local government.
Other areas of concern are raised by the Standards in Public Office Commission about where we need to improve how we monitor and police our decision makers.