The Rise and Fall of the Irish Greens
Another case of the inevitable fate that follows when Green parties adopt the creed of "neither Left nor Right, but Green" by Joseph Healy (Green Left Weekly, August 8, 2009) I joined the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) in 2002. In 2006, as part of a group of Irish Greens members in London, visited Dublin to make contact with the Irish Green Party. We went to raise the issue of support for the Irish diaspora in Britain. These were the days of the Celtic Tiger — the apparent runaway success of the Irish economy, which tempted many Irish emigrants to return home. We met one of the party's TDs (members of the parliament, the Dail) John Gormley. However, it quickly became apparent that he was not very interested in the issue of Irish people abroad, probably because we have no votes to offer him. The same year, I became the secretary of the Green Islands Network (GIN), which brings together representatives of the Irish, Scottish, English and Welsh parties. It was recently joined