Green Party in Cork city split on going into government

Green Party in Cork city split on going into government
Green Party city councillors Oliver Moran and Lorna Bogue with party leader Eamon Ryan TD. Picture Dan Linehan

THE four Green Party members of Cork City Council are evenly divided on whether to support the draft programme for government.

Oliver Moran and Lorna Bogue have both committed to voting against the document while Dan Boyle and Colette Finn will both support it.

Oliver Moran told The Echo that he believes the document does not go far enough in terms of housing and health crises.

He said it is important that the housing crisis is addressed now, insisting that a referendum on housing is necessary in the short term, and should not be a long term goal.

He also says he intends to hold Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to account and will demand the "most of the Green Party in delivering the change we demand on together" if the party votes to go into government.

Councillor Dan Boyle.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Councillor Dan Boyle.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Lorna Bogue is also concerned that housing is not given enough priority.

She said: "A lot of my work is done in the foyer of the council building where I meet a lot of young mothers who have been made homeless. 

"I do not see anything in the programme for government for these people. There is also not much in there for people with disabilities and about Slaintecare. It is a status quo sort of document."

She is also unhappy with the commitment to spend €11 million a year on cycling infrastructure as she believes it is not high enough.

She believes there is an "attitude problem" regarding cycling infrastructure, pointing out that the Wilton Corridor had been rejected in a council Part 8 vote.

"There is nothing in this programme for government for Cork. It feels like I would be hurting people by voting for it," she said.

However, both Dan Boyle and Colette Finn believe that there is more in favour of entering government than not taking the opportunity.

Cllr Boyle acknowledged that while the document is not ideal, it does have a lot of positives.

"It is a leap of faith and you have weighed the pros and the cons."

He said the area of housing is one that should be given attention but that the Greens can push this area when in government.

Cllr Finn agrees and says the commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 7% "will be transformational."

She added that she believes the program for government will not be a "burden on the poorest" as the Greens will fight against that if they decide to go into government.

The Cork City Council spoke as four young members of the party have signed an open letter opposing the draft document.

The four are Tate Donnelly, Julie O'Donoghue, Sean McCabe and Saoirse McHugh, who are all from rural constituencies.

Their letter says that the draft programme "will have a disproportionate, negative impact on young people in Ireland."

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