Statement by John Gormley - calling for an election in January

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Statement by Green Party Leader John Gormley

The past week has been a traumatic one for the Irish electorate. People feel misled and betrayed.

The Green Party believes three things must be done in the coming two months to safeguard the future prosperity and independence of the Irish people.

These are:
  • Producing a credible four-year plan to show we can make our Budgets balance by 2014.
  • Delivering a Budget for 2011.
  • Securing funding support from the EU and IMF which will respect vital Irish interests and restore stability to the Euro area.
  • We have always said that our involvement in government would only continue as long as it was for the benefit of the Irish people. Leaving the country without a government while these matters are unresolved would be very damaging and would breach our duty of care.

But we have now reached a point where the Irish people need political certainty to take them beyond the coming two months. So, we believe it is time to fix a date for a general election in the second half of January 2011.

We made our decision last Saturday after a long series of meetings.

Since entering government in June 2007, we in the Green Party have worked to fix and reform the economy. It has been difficult. We have taken tough decisions and put the national interest first.

We cannot go back and reverse the property bubble and the reckless banking which we consistently spoke opposed. Nor can we control the market turmoil which has afflicted the Euro area.

We have taken extensive measures to recognise the losses and stabilise our banking system. However, it is now clear we need further measures to give market confidence about our banks and public finances.

We are now discussing ways of restoring stability to the banking system with the support of our European colleagues and the IMF. We have to ensure that the terms of any such support are in the interests of the Irish people and the wider Euro area. The timeframe for achieving a four-year plan, Budget 2011 and a good outcome from IMF/EU talks is very short. These matters must at this stage take priority ahead of everything else.

Despite our difficulties and disappointments, I believe we can get out of this situation. We must all work together to ensure the best outcome for everyone.
 


droghedasouth

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2 years, 2 months and 22 days too late.
 

Cato

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Too little, too bloody late. I hope they are wiped out in the coming election. That self-serving bull above will not save them.
 

Lord Wellington

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Maxium damage to Fianna Fail.

A leadership challenge now !!!!

Fianna Fail go into this election leaderless.
 

Ulster-Lad

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Gormley on TV3 now!!!
 

fiannafailure

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Green Party to pull out of government

RTE reporting that the Green Party is pulling out of government in Jan 2011
 

Sync

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It's a good speech, it's far too late for them.
 

Holy Cow

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Gormley is a traitor. If he care he could have left a long time ago. I look forward to seeing this party getting wiped out.
 

tempest

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No chance of FF getting in Donegal, Doherty the shortest sitting TD in history?.
 

Franzoni

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They should go now.....although i reckon Gilmore and Kenny would have a few 'squeaky bum' moments if they were left to bring in the budget....
 

DeputyEdo

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ehhh....he says "we believe it is time to fix a date for a general election in the second half of January 2011".........that's not the same as saying "We are pulling out of gov to force an election".

Has he actually said they are pulling out of government, or was this just a speech about what they believe should happen???
 

Lord Wellington

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I have a question.

If Harney is not going to run (don't know) will she be allowed to spout sh1t on health.

Of will Fianna Fail have to have a health spokesperson.

Cowen would be a good choice.

He used to be Minister for Health.
 

Ethan Edwards

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Too Little to Late! The damage has been done and now the Green's think they can go to the people and ask for their opinion when all the major decisions have been made "cowards". I hope that the Irish people will see the Green's for what they are self important, self serving cowards and send them the way of the PD's oblivion never to darken our doors again.
 

Simbo67

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Those last minute cabinet meetings on the budget are going to be fun! Will Biffo act like Biffo and sack the greens?
 

royalpixie

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So what the hell is going to happen between now and mid Jan - 2 full months away - if there is some big kind of national crisis...... oh yeah thats right thats where we are now! FFS just go.
 


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