Deirdre’s demise

Sorry to say but I have nothing positive to say about this and so, following the example of my dear ‘mama’, I will say nothing about the actual resignation.

The timing, I fear, will come to reflect poorly on her, though.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, ‘tings’ are progressing nicely……

Stay tuned….


EamonnFebruary 17th, 2010 at 22:24

@Arthur Doohan
I actually think that by being honest about the circumstances surrounding the European job, rather than claiming that it had nothing to do with her decision, she greatly strengthened her case. By resigning from the Seanad I think she indicated a profound disillusion with her party. By turning down another European job she showed considerable integrity. I hope that she continues to speak out.

adminFebruary 17th, 2010 at 22:54

A fair point
– but all people will remember was that the ‘Greens’ were haggling over political pork just like any other party (except that they screwed it up….). She is no scientist and no financial expert – so where was she more qualified for the Research&Innovation portfolio than the Court of Auditors…..
I don’t understand her stance, nor do I dislike her but the impression the episode leaves is of the ‘holier-than-thou’ Greens stumbling in the gutter….not doing much for our cause.

oliver1vandtFebruary 18th, 2010 at 16:22

@Arthur Doohan
She may have gotten out just in time:
“Names of top 10 borrowers in first wave of Nama transfers revealed”.
This is another list.
“The Anglo 10”.
3 names on both. Gerry Gannon, Gannon Homes and Co-owner of K Club, Joe O’Reilly, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Paddy McKillen, Jervis Shopping Centre.

adminFebruary 18th, 2010 at 17:48

Nice bit of research and linking there….thanks, AD

oliver1vandtFebruary 18th, 2010 at 19:17

@Arthur Doohan
“Meanwhile, a Green Party activist has now made a formal complaint to gardaí about the actions of Minister O’Dea.

Gary Fitzgerald told RTÉ he made the complaint in the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin, claiming that the discrepancy between Mr O’Dea’s sworn statement to the High Court and the transcript of his earlier remarks to a newspaper reporter indicated that perjury had been committed.”

I welcome this but it puts the GP in a ludicrous position. They voted confidence in a minister THE DAY BEFORE one of their leading members lodged a formal complaint to the Gardai about the matter that led to the confidence vote. All that has happened since yesterday is that the audio version of O’Dea’s comments has been released. Fitzgerald, by doing the right thing, has destroyed his own party’s credibility.

adminFebruary 18th, 2010 at 22:50

I welcome it too. A good internal opposition is the best thing any party can have.

The more the leaderships ludicrous behaviours are exposed the sooner we will put a stop to them. The resignation will be touted as a ‘scalp’ and displaying JG’s ‘toughness’ but the reality is that they had blown their ‘cred’ with the confidence vote.

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