Ryan open to idea of Green Party tánaiste in coalition government
FF source gives cool response to idea of Green tánaiste role
Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin (right), last week said she is giving serious consideration to challenging Eamon Ryan for the position of leader. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times
Mr Ryan said he had no interest in being taoiseach as part of an arrangement to rotate the top position, but did not rule out a stint as tánaiste.
It had also been assumed that Mr Varadkar and Mr Martin would alternate the position of tánaiste. A Fianna Fáil source reacted coolly to the idea of a Green tánaiste, and pointed out that the party only has 12 seats. Fianna Fáil has 37 and Fine Gael 35.
Mr Ryan repeatedly said positions within the potential government have not yet been discussed and are usually a matter for party leaders. The priority now, he said, is working in policies and getting the country through the Covid-19 crisis.
“We should be fixating on delivering change,” he said.
Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin, who is leading the Green Party team in government negotiations, last week said she is giving serious consideration to challenging Mr Ryan for the position of leader after being urged to do so by a number of party members and councillors, but said government talks must come first.
“That’s how we do things, last week Catherine said she was focused on the talks for government formation. That’s the first task,” Mr Ryan said.