Why the Greens bolted, and why they need to get smart

The Green Party’s leaders need to get clever before the election if they are to avoid the fate of the doomed PDs

27th November, 2010

The Greens’ decision to go for the nuclear option last Monday should not have come as such a shock.

Perhaps we were distracted by the enormity of what had happened in the previous seven days, culminating in Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan announcing that a Fianna Fáil-led government was about to sell our sovereignty.

Until recent weeks, the official Green line was that the government had a mandate (from the Oireachtas, not...

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