While walking through the woods around Binn Éadair (Howth) recently I came across a discarded election poster for the Green Party, the only man-made object it was otherwise an area of unspoiled sylvan beauty (seen the image above). I’m sure there is something of an irony here, though a deadpan one for a party that in electoral terms seems all but dead in the water. In this part of the country the Greens still feature in the polls (though just about), but organisationally they are fracturing, with some members returning to environmental activism while many more are dropping out of politics altogether.
Meanwhile in the north the party has seen the ripples of southern electoral disgrace and opprobrium roll towards them and with it a number of resignations, including that of Peter Doran, a former deputy leader of the party’s northern wing and a law lecturer at Queen’s University. According to the BBC:
‘A former deputy leader of the Green Party has decided to join Sinn Féin.
Dr Peter Doran, who had been a member of the Greens for more than 20 years, said he left six months ago because of “misgivings” over economic policies.
“It may look like a giant leap from the Green Party to Sinn Féin, but I feel in personal terms it’s a consistent move,” he said.’
Indeed, Sinn Féin must be quiet pleased with themselves since Dr. Doran is no small prize. A former journalist (who occasionally contributes to the Irish politics blog Slugger O’Toole) he has worked with the United Nations, the Irish and British governments, and several well-known activist groups, including Friends of the Earth.
As a more spiritually-minded friend of mine would claim, the curse of Tara strikes the Greens again.
- High-ranking Green politician and QUB academic defects to Sinn Féin citing economics (politics.ie)
- Sinn Féin And The Labour Party, Head-To-Head (ansionnachfionn.com)
- Sunday Times Poll: The Labour mud-guard on the Fine Gael led government? (cedarlounge.wordpress.com)
- Binn Éadair – Lúghnasa, 2011 (ansionnachfionn.wordpress.com)
- President Mary Lou Or Gildernew? Sinn Féin’s Options (ansionnachfionn.com)