Thursday August 6, 2020

Greens must not forget that sharing the duties means sharing the blame

There are useful lessons for the Green Party in its experience of the last time it was in government

5th July, 2020
Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader, with the late Brian Lenihan jr and Eamon Gilmore around the time of the bailout in 2010. Picture: PA

On Friday, November 12, 2010, Eamon Ryan, the then Minister for Communications, took a call from a reporter for the Bloomberg wire service who wanted confirmation that Ireland would be entering a bailout. Ryan said he knew nothing about it, but would check.

He called Brian Lenihan jr, the Minister for Finance, who told him the story was not true. But Ryan also spoke to Kevin Cardiff, a then senior official at the Department of Finance, who...

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