In a step that may restore the oft-doubted credibility of the Irish Green Party, due to its presence in and necessity for a coalition government which presided over the financial crisis in Ireland, the party has called for an election, which will be held in January. A very, very brief summary from the Christian Science Monitor:
Green Party calls for January election
The leader of the Green Party and Minister for the Environment John Gormley this morning announced his party’s intention to push for an election in the second half of January.
“We have now reached a point where the Irish people need political certainty to take them beyond the coming two months. So, we believe it is time to fix a date for a general election in the second half of January 2011,” he said.
A statement issued by the party said it intended to remain in government until January to contribute to the recovery plan, deliver the 2011 budget (due in December), and finalize the details of funding support from the EU and IMF.
A move for self-preservation
Kevin Bean, professor of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool, told the Monitor that the Green Party’s decision was driven by self-preservation. “Going into government was difficult for them and they’re [now] trying to salvage something [by walking out],” he says.