Green Party's Paul Gogarty accuses Labour of "selling out" over Dublin Mayor law

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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.

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
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.

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
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."
 


locke

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A Green accuses someone of selling out. It's too easy.

I can't see the point in the current setup for a mayor of Dublin anyway.

Just merge the local authorities and give them proper powers - powers that would also go to every equivalent authority around the country. Maybe have an elected mayor at the head of that authority, but doing it the way its being done looks like some kind of tokenism
 

controller

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Pot....kettle.....black...

I'm sure that the vegetables could give anybody lessons on selling out
 

Northtipp

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"gutless and short sighted". Well at least he used the right words but just in the wrong context. Look within Paul, look within and use those words well
 

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sewer mouth is just worried that his only hope of potential employment wont come to pass, not that the vile little ****head had any hope anyway.
 

sport02

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This man is nothing more than a delusional attention seeker, he is still has yet to grow up.
 

laidback

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Yeah, imagine go go as Mayor - would Daisy sit on his lap at all functions..?
 

Social Conscience

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I hope he hadn't his daughter on his knee when he made this latest statement or did he twitter it. I hope he has enjoyed his stay in The Dail.
 

Mugsey23

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It's a pointless position which we can not afford much like the Uachtarain tbh
 

Casillas

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Is there any real point to a Dublin mayor, or are we going to have another vastly overpaid figurehead?
 

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I think the references to his daughter are more than a little pathetic.
Not true. He tried to use his daughter for political gain and sympathy. He deserves all the crap he gets
 

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Well you cant say the Greens did not reform government while their were in. They have removed the whole layer of time and wealth consuming activity known as democracy that goes into drawing up a budget.

We can have an election of some tool to protect geese in Stephens Green, drive at 6 miles an hour and not grit any foot paths. But we cannot have a say in how foreigners run our country.

The Greens literally do not know what democracy is. They think shoving their D4 dinner party version of reality down everyones throat is democracy. I am voting Labour. They will be in power and they will not pass this stupid Green law. Hopefully not one Green TD will be there at all. That is democracy. Some cushy number for some failed car clamper is not demcracy. We need much less elected offices in Ireland not more.

You can judge someone by what makes them angry.

Health cuts? Emigration? Unemployment? Depression? No

Lose of crushy number for ex TDs = RAGE.


Says it all.
 

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Well you cant say the Greens did not reform government while their were in. They have removed the whole layer of time and wealth consuming activity known as democracy that goes into drawing up a budget.

We can have an election of some tool to protect geese in Stephens Green, drive at 6 miles an hour and not grit any foot paths. But we cannot have a say in how foreigners run our country.

The Greens literally do not know what democracy is. They think shoving their D4 dinner party version of reality down everyones throat is democracy. I am voting Labour. They will be in power and they will not pass this stupid Green law. Hopefully not one Green TD will be there at all. That is democracy. Some cushy number for some failed car clamper is not demcracy. We need much less elected offices in Ireland not more.

You can judge someone by what makes them angry.

Health cuts? Emigration? Unemployment? Depression? No

Lose of crushy number for ex TDs = RAGE.


Says it all.

You are right. The greens' interpretation of 'democracy' is to pack a bunch of compliant members into a room, present a motion that allows no chance of rejection and then claim that the outcome is what the 'electorate' wants, ergo a mandate.

This party sold out the Irish people 3 years ago.

Itis strange, though. It is only now that they acknowledge that they have serious critics waiting them at the next polling booths. Between this stupid piece of legislation and the self-justifying utterances of Cuffe and Co., their 'contribution' to Ireland is well summed up.
 


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