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Cllr. Brian Meaney resigns from Greens - hopes to defect to Fianna Fáil


Dal gCais

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Report on Clare FM here:

Green Party Confirms It's Clare Councillor Is To Leave The Party | clare.fm

A massive blow to the Greens as one of their only remaining reps and a man held in high regards. His more to join Fianna Fáil though I find odd. Has he not being very critical of them in the past or am I mistaken? Could be a big boost to FF in Clare as Hillery (IMO) will never win them a second seat, despite his showing last time (core FF vote in Clare is the strongest and he couldn't capitalise). Meaney only polled 2.2% himself though last time out as well. What do posters feel?
 

Ryan Tubbs

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How cynical can you possibly get!

Meaney was one of their foremost holier-than-thou "we're destroying ourselves by being so close to FF!" crowd back in the day, and now he jumps ship to FF?

Hilarious stuff.
 

Clanrickard

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Report on Clare FM here:

Green Party Confirms It's Clare Councillor Is To Leave The Party | clare.fm

A massive blow to the Greens as one of their only remaining reps and a man held in high regards. His more to join Fianna Fáil though I find odd. Has he not being very critical of them in the past or am I mistaken? Could be a big boost to FF in Clare as Hillery (IMO) will never win them a second seat, despite his showing last time (core FF vote in Clare is the strongest and he couldn't capitalise). Meaney only polled 2.2% himself though last time out as well. What do posters feel?
He is a good Councillor and one of the few in Clare that I'd bother listening to.
 

Asparagus

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He is a good Councillor and one of the few in Clare that I'd bother listening to.
define what is meant as "a good councillor". Does he protest the council at their waste of space?
 

realistic1

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Report on Clare FM here:

Green Party Confirms It's Clare Councillor Is To Leave The Party | clare.fm

A massive blow to the Greens as one of their only remaining reps and a man held in high regards. His more to join Fianna Fáil though I find odd. Has he not being very critical of them in the past or am I mistaken? Could be a big boost to FF in Clare as Hillery (IMO) will never win them a second seat, despite his showing last time (core FF vote in Clare is the strongest and he couldn't capitalise). Meaney only polled 2.2% himself though last time out as well. What do posters feel?
Yes a big blow and also a massive insult to any party, losing a member to FF. There is definetly a seat to be got in Clare as Labour only benefited from FFs collapse. If SF had their act together in Clare during the last election, they would be in a good position now. Anyone know why SF failed to run in 2011??
 

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A clapped out Green party and Fianna Fail nua? They totally deserve each other...
 

realistic1

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How cynical can you possibly get!

Meaney was one of their foremost holier-than-thou "we're destroying ourselves by being so close to FF!" crowd back in the day, and now he jumps ship to FF?

Hilarious stuff.

It is quite comical, if the majority of the public really took an interest in Politics these types would be finished.
 

Ryan Tubbs

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Here is a recent dazzling example of Meaney's contribution to Irish politics, from July of last year:

Councillor wants HSE funding for Viagra reviewed

A GREEN PARTY councillor has said that funding for the provision of Viagra tablets though the HSE needs to be looked at in light of the health service’s current budget problems. Clare County Councillor Brian Meaney was responding to news that spending on erectile dysfunction drugs in the HSE West area, which stretches from Donegal to Limerick, increased by 13 per cent in 2010.
Presumably he thinks that this sort of thing will help his chances at the next General Erection.

Err, sorry, I mean, Election.
 

darkknight

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There are so man meanies in Fianna Fáil, one more won't make any difference.


Bertie and Brian know how mean they can be!

 

Analyzer

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One more Meaney in FF.

Officially speaking.
 

Dub guy

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Quite shocking... actually no, it's not really. There has been a few Green defections to other parties (notably Labour) in recent years. Careerism springs to mind. I'm sure Gilmore now regrets getting Nessa Childers to run in the last Euro elections...
 

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define what is meant as "a good councillor". Does he protest the council at their waste of space?
Yes he does. He was the only Councillor to highlight the scandalous waste of money on traveler accommodation. He regularly takes the council to task for wasteful spending.

Going on your past posts would you be of the same opinion if he went to FG/Labour/ SF???
He is a good Councillor. I'd be sorry to see him in FF but whatever party he'd go to I would feel the same way.
 

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Yes he does. He was the only Councillor to highlight the scandalous waste of money on traveler accommodation. He regularly takes the council to task for wasteful spending.



He is a good Councillor. I'd be sorry to see him in FF but whatever party he'd go to I would feel the same way.

Looks like the Green party are now officially more toxic that FF.
 

Keith-M

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It's clear that the Greens have no future in politics in this country. The only questions then were whether to stay as an independent, wait for a new party to be formed or join one of the established parties. FG and (especially Labour are becoming increasing toxic. FF are on the way back.
 

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Here's Meaney on US troops and Shannon in 2006:

Brian Meaney, of the Green party, said: "You can't allow an airport's future to depend on selling sandwiches to soldiers. People have a notion of Irish neutrality, and they think it is being undermined and sold out." Concerns grow in Ireland over use of Shannon airport as US military stopover | World news | The Guardian
And 3 years later:

"The US military business is a good foundation base for the Shannon Airport Authority to maintain (sic) and ensure that the airport can stay open and has services." Green Party in Co. Clare Firmly Behind US Military in Shannon - Indymedia Ireland
 
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