Green Party TD for Dublin Mid-West Paul Gogarty has branded Labour Party TD for Cork South Central Ciarán Lynch as "gutless and short-sighted", accusing the Labour Party of "selling out on political reform", this follows the proposal of the Labour party to delay the Dublin Mayor plans for four years. The legislation is being debated today in the Dáil.
Earlier, Labour's spokesperson on equality Kathleen Lynch TD criticised the Government's prioritisation of the Dublin Mayor legislation over other legislation such as a the Mental Capacity Bill. Lynch called the Mayor bill "a Green Party flight of fantasy" and a piece of "trophy legislation" for the Greens.Before they even reach the corridors of power Labour have shown their true colours. On the issue of political reform they are as conservative and unimaginative as their Fine Gael counterparts. In the Dail right now TDs are debating legislation that will create a directly-elected and accountable Mayor for the Dublin region.
Paul Gogarty TD, Green Party
Labour TD for Dublin Central criticised the legislation as creating another "expensive bureaucratic Quango", saying that the Greens were "on another planet pursing an irrelevant agenda."The Dublin Mayor legislation is a Green Party flight of fancy, nothing more. It was hatched at a time when it seemed that we could afford such luxuries. Times have moved on and priorities should be re-adjusted. The fact that it appears on the Dail order paper this week is beyond comprehension when really there are much more important legislative issues to be tackled ... according to this Government, it is more important to try and push through a piece of trophy legislation, as some kind of last hurrah for the Green Party.
Kathleen Lynch TD, Labour Spokesperson for Equality