Greens rotating the crop
If John Gormley stands down as Minister for the Environment and as party leader to honour a rotation agreement brokered two years ago, it’s not going to do the Greens much good. (more…)
The political scene is overcome with ennui and sluggishness. The warm weather contributes to a mood where everybody wants to be somewhere else, preferably on a beach with a long, cool drink in hand.
Wolfe Tone: admirer of the ‘men of no property’
(Photograph by Cyril Byrne)
Political journalism is more zoo than Savannah, more Shawshank than redemption.
Most of the stuff we write about takes place in the Dáil or Seanad. If it doesn’t, more often than not it’s a stand-up interview on the plinth (the raised platform in the front yard of Lenister House); or outside the gates of Leinster House; or it’s a press conference in a meeting room of one of the nearby hotels, Buswells or the Merrion.
Well it looks like the dirty tricks of the property boom didn’t entirely pass the Greens by.
For what we saw unravel over the past couple of days was a delicious example of adroit political gazumping.
We give out at length about politicians’ holidays (and justifiably so for mediocre backbenchers who should never have got beyond county council level).
But spare a thought for Brian Cowen who is pictured today wearing a cheerful blue geansaí on his holidays in Ballyconneely in Connemara. (more…)