PDs will look to influence New Programme for Government
The PD’s long goodbye is almost, nearly, complete, The Irish Times reports. They had what will likely be their last meeting yesterday. While the story itself is of little interest – we all knew it was on the way – the following section made me raise an eyebrow…
Mr Grealish also expressed confidence that he, Ms Harney and Ms O’Malley could forge a loose alliance that would act together when negotiating the programme for government and supporting the Fianna Fáil-led Coalition.
“I am hopeful the three of us can sit down and decide the best course of action. We have not had any discussions yet,” he said.
Ms Harney said she hoped that such an arrangement could be made.
She added: “The one thing the country needs above everything else is stability in government so that we can take very tough decisions. The decisions we will take in September and October will be much tougher than anything that has been seen in Ireland before.”
Is it right that the PDs will look to influence the renegotiation on the programme for government considering they were largely rejected not exactly endorsed by the electorate on the last occasion and will not be around to govern for the next one?
Cutting an expected comment off at the pass: Yes, the Greens are a small party and it could be argued that they will have a disproportionate influence on the program for government (on a TD to TD ratio) but at least they will be around after it is implemented, the PDs won’t. It’s therefore three individuals, one of whom wasn’t elected, looking to influence the direction of a Government they won’t be part of (collectively).
Cutting second expected comment off at the pass: The PDs, as a party, will look to influence the program for government in a specific ideological direction – which is different to what independent TDs do.
Or is it? Comments below.