A number of people have been asking me my views on the decision by party members to support the Greens going into government with FF and PDs.
I voted against. Unfortunately my name was not among those picked by lot to speak at our Convention. In conscience there is no way I could support a programme for government which will see a continuation of military use of Shannon Airport.
But even if I were to ignore my conscience, and the victims of war, the deal struck is a terrible one. No key Green demand has been met:
- No end to corporate donations
- No change to M3 through Tara valley or to any of the road-building programme
- No new public transport commitments
- Hospital co-location to go ahead
What about climate change? The programme for government contains a 3% target for annual reduction of greenhouse gases. There is no earthly way that this will be met without a fundamental change in transport policy. And there is no change to transport policy. Presumably that’s why its just a government target instead of the legally binding commitment NGOs have been looking for.
As to why a majority of those at the Convention voted for this, I don’t know. I remain amazed.