GREEN party representatives in Cork have suggested that a lot of work would be needed in order for members to support a deal which would see the party enter into Government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
Today, the Green Parliamentary Party announced it had decided to enter into formal talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael with a view to developing a programme for government.
In a statement, the Green party said it would “work with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to develop a deal that respects our mandate with a view to presenting that agreement to Green Party members for approval.” Green Party approval of any programme for government will require support of two-thirds of the Green Party voting membership.
Responding to the announcement, Green party Councillor in Cork City South East ward, Lorna Bogue said she was not surprised by the announcement, and that she thinks a lot of TDs would feel that they have to at least try to enter into negotiations.
However, she said she was interested to know if more concessions had been made to the original framework document which had been published by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
The city councillor said she believed that many people at grassroots level felt this document was “very weak”, and that she expected “some serious concessions” would have had to have been made on the framework document which had first been published.
“If it was anything like that [original] document from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, it won’t be passed,” she said.
Green party councillor Cork North-Central, Oliver Moran said that there were also “enormous issues of trust and confidence to overcome”, particularly around Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael's willingness to own the immediate actions involved in meeting the Paris climate commitments.
"Our own parliamentary party will also have a very significant job to do. A deal will have to be sold to the members, which will require a 66 per cent vote to pass. We've just rebuilt our party after a decade in the wilderness. The youth wing are anathema to coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and older members remember 2007–2011 and the aftermath all too well,” he said.
The councillor said that while an expectation has developed that the Green Party has a duty to enter government that in reality “we're parties with very different views of social justice, housing, health, nature, markets and property rights. Moreover we're not lining up to be anybody's mudguard. The cost for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will have to be very substantial and lasting,” he said.