Why no Green Party candidate in Donegal South West By-Election?

stripey cat

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Why no Green Party candidate in Donegal South West By-Election?

They had a candidate in DSW in 2007. Maybe the party could use a by-election to build up some local candidate? You'd think they would want to help sweep votes towards their government partner too.

Wouldn't they also want to test the waters for how things are going to work out in a General Election?

I know the Donegal Green Party suffered from mass resignations last year. Do any of these former members not think it worthwhile putting their names forward?



Lastly, the Green Party are at 150-1 on Paddy Power for DSW. Surely they could put a few bob on, and then announce some celebrity candidate (I don't know- Peirce Brosnan or someone) and then split the proceeds when they storm home?

I can't see what is wrong with this plan.
 


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Lastly, the Green Party are at 150-1 on Paddy Power for DSW. Surely they could put a few bob on, and then announce some celebrity candidate (I don't know- Peirce Brosnan or someone) and then split the proceeds when they storm home?

I can't see what is wrong with this plan.
The remaining Greens all have easier money from state sinecures.
 

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"Better to say nothing and be thought a fool" and all that. They got 1.5% there last time. Why send a no hoper out there to potentially embarass the party? Honestly it was the right decision. Whoever you put up there would either have to A: Fall in behind the govt's policies, thus alienating the Green base or B: disagree with the policies, thus causing tension in the govt.

Labour never polled higher than 5% up there, but made the reasonable decision to put someone forward to raise the profile of the party, and the iredeemably stupid decision to let that person be the one who could fit the most marshmallows in his mouth.

The Greens are going to be destroyed at the next election, putting someone up for this would only hurt them further.
 
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I'd have more chance of getting elected up there than the Greens would. And I live in Co. Wicklow.
 

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someone pointed to this guy Seán Ó Maolchallann / People / Home - Green Party / Comhaontas Glas who ran in the last election

is a senior lecturer in mathematics at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and has a geography degree from the Open University and a Master of Rural Development from NUI Galway
a perfect candidate for the green party
Seán joined the Green Party in 2002 after many years as an active member of the Labour Party
I wonder if he's gone from Labour to PD like the rest of the Green Party, or has he not and therefore left the pdgreens

can't find him from the green party frontpage, is he still in the party, he might not be in the position to go for it but he's had plenty of notice, he doens't seem to be active anymore
 
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The entire Donegal Green Party voted to disaffiliate from the main Green Party in 2009. They're a seperate organisation apparently.
 

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The Greens are going to be destroyed at the next election, putting someone up for this would only hurt them further.
+1

No Point......anyway they have proved themselves to be cowards.
 

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The entire Donegal Green Party voted to disaffiliate from the main Green Party in 2009. They're a seperate organisation apparently.
north and south donegal?

so wheres they're candidate?
 

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Would big Dan Boyle not run? .... he'd have more chance of getting elected there than in Cork
 

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never mind why no green candidate indonegal!where are the greens now??neither sight nor sound from them since the possible bailout came to light...apart from a few meanings dan buyle tweets
 

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The people of Donegal got sense they exported the entire green membership to the island of ireland in dubai
 

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I still think putting a few bob (say a million in small transactions all over the island) on the anonymous Green candidate at 150-1 and then suddenly running a celebrity candidate who couldn't be defeated is a class idea.

Look - Peirce Brosnan already has a good backdrop



The Official Pierce Brosnan site
 

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never mind why no green candidate indonegal!where are the greens now??neither sight nor sound from them since the possible bailout came to light...apart from a few meanings dan buyle tweets
.... Ah thats not fair. All you have to do is go to any conference in the country and you will hear Eamon Ryan bull-sh*ting on. I believe it can also be hired to speak at communions and confirmations.
 

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Correction:
Some Green party members voted to set up their own organisation, others decided to remain part of the Green Party.
Myself, I was disillusioned by the whole thing and took time out of politics.

The Donegal Greens (the breakaways) now seem to have subsumed themselves into another organisation called Fis Nua, which is in the process of gathering enough signatures to register as a political party.

IMHO:
There was some animosity at the time of the split last year, and I can understand why people wanted out.
But now, with an election only weeks or months away, the Greens are headed back to opposition and back to the margins of political life. Whatever about pre-election, it will make no sense for the Green movement to be split post-election.

Interestingly, Seán Ó Maolchallann did not join the split, he remained in the Green Party. I'm not sure if he's still involved.

Things are so bad now that the Green Party can hardly even think of its own future. All we can do is wait until after the election and pick up the pieces.
There will still be an urgent need for the Green movement, as there is now.
 

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Correction:
Some Green party members voted to set up their own organisation, others decided to remain part of the Green Party.
Myself, I was disillusioned by the whole thing and took time out of politics.

The Donegal Greens (the breakaways) now seem to have subsumed themselves into another organisation called Fis Nua, which is in the process of gathering enough signatures to register as a political party.

IMHO:
There was some animosity at the time of the split last year, and I can understand why people wanted out.
But now, with an election only weeks or months away, the Greens are headed back to opposition and back to the margins of political life. Whatever about pre-election, it will make no sense for the Green movement to be split post-election.

Interestingly, Seán Ó Maolchallann did not join the split, he remained in the Green Party. I'm not sure if he's still involved.

Things are so bad now that the Green Party can hardly even think of its own future. All we can do is wait until after the election and pick up the pieces.
There will still be an urgent need for the Green movement, as there is now.
Or alternatively in the immortal words of Father Jack... ar*ebiscuits!!
 

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Pierce Borsnan could waltz in, having put a million on himself as "anonymous green party cnadidate" at 150-1, win the election, and then he'd only have to hang around for a few months until the GE.

 


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