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national | politics / elections | news report Sunday July 08, 2007 15:48 by Maurice Ross
Seanad Election Sparks Division in Greens
The Green Party leadership have requested all their Councillors and TDs to vote with an inspector present to make sure they vote for Fianna Fail candidates.
With the Government majority in the Seanad in jeopardy Fianna Fáil have successfully put pressure on the Greens to vote for Fianna Fáil Seanad candidates. The only mention of the upper House in the deal with FF was that the Greens would get 2 Seanad seats. There was no mention of a voting pact between Greens and Fianna Fáil for the 43 panel seats. Nonetheless the Green Party HQ has issued an instruction to Green Councillors and TDs to vote for certain FF candidates.
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The Greens have reneaged on every promise they were voted in on. Shannon, Tara and the M3, Incinerators, Privatisation of hospitals on public property....
The PD's policies which the Greens opposed are now going through on green power. Corporate cock must taste good...You couldent write this stuff in a piece of fiction because it wouldent sell, it could not be believed.
This hopefully is the end of their mandate even though I gave them second pref.
The outgoing Leader of the Green Party Trevor Sargent has backtracked on the inspection of Seanad ballot papers. However Sargent is sticking by Fianna Fáil candidates. Today he stated that Green Councillors and TDs will have an individual choice about how they give preferences to the Fianna Fáil candidates.
He made these remarks when the legal situation was made clear following a revolt by some Green Councillors. The question about the voting pact being part of the deal with Fianna Fáil is still unresolved. The deal accepted by the Green members did not include a voting pact on the vocational panel seats, nonetheless this is what the Green Party leadership are demanding.
With no inspection of their ballot papers it remains unclear if anti-deal Councillors will vote for Fianna Fáil candidates.