Forget the Looney Greens, Fianna Fail are in Meltdown, and Martin knows MerrionGate was a Step too Far; Time to go Michael – Problem is, who will fill the Space for now???

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Green Party warns stability of Government is being jeopardised

 9 hrs ago


Eamon Ryan, Leo Varadkar, Micheal Martin, Micheal Martin are posing for a picture© Provided by Extra.ie

The Green Party has warned its Coalition partners that their political game-playing is jeopardising the stability of the Government.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin‘s supporters remain silent over the proposed heave against him, but his opponents have increased the pressure on the embattled leader.

It was revealed on Sunday that 11 Fianna Fáil TDs are now committed to voting against the leader in any confidence motion.Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Micheal Martin© (Photo by Thierry Monasse#51SY ED/Getty Images) Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Micheal Martin

Fianna Fáil senator Diarmuid Wilson said: ‘I am probably the person in that room who knows Micheál Martin for the longest time. I will not be asking him to go but I will be asking him to consider his position and I will be putting forward all of the reasons why he should do so.’

Mr Wilson added that anger was still high in Fianna Fáil over Katherine Zappone’s appointment as UN special envoy for freedom of expression and free speech, which she has since rescinded; the dinner in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel; and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan’s attendance at a celebration for party member Claire Byrne at a cricket club.Katherine Zappone wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Fianna Fáil senator Diarmuid Wilson said that anger was still high in Fianna Fáil over Katherine Zappone’s appointment as UN special envoy for freedom of expression and free speech, which she has since rescinded; the dinner in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel; and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan’s attendance at a celebration for party member Claire Byrne at a cricket club. Pic: RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Fianna Fáil senator Diarmuid Wilson said that anger was still high in Fianna Fáil over Katherine Zappone’s appointment as UN special envoy for freedom of expression and free speech, which she has since rescinded; the dinner in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel; and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan’s attendance at a celebration for party member Claire Byrne at a cricket club. Pic: RollingNews.ie

Senator Wilson noted: ‘These people in the Merrion or the cricket club are not our sort of people.’

Rebel Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry separately claimed that the Micheál Martin leadership project had simply failed.

He said: ‘For quite some time now I have said we need a new direction and a new inclusive style of leadership that builds cohesion and teamwork.’Marc MacSharry wearing a suit and tie: Rebel Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry has claimed that the Micheál Martin leadership project had simply failed. Pic: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Rebel Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry has claimed that the Micheál Martin leadership project had simply failed. Pic: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Unfortunately, he said, ‘while he is a lovely man these concepts are foreign to Micheál Martin’.

Mr MacSharry continued: ‘I say that not lightly but from ten years of lived experience.

Micheál’s legacy in areas such as smoking [the smoking ban] will last a thousand years but Project Martin has failed.’Micheal Martin wearing a suit and tie: Micheál Martin is believed to currently maintain the support of a majority of the party and there is no motion of confidence scheduled for a Fianna Fáil meeting on September 1. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Micheál Martin is believed to currently maintain the support of a majority of the party and there is no motion of confidence scheduled for a Fianna Fáil meeting on September 1. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Mr Martin is believed to currently maintain the support of a majority of the party and there is no motion of confidence scheduled for a Fianna Fáil meeting on September 1. But it is expected that the Fleming Report into the party’s disastrous performance in the general election last year will be discussed.

One senior source noted: ‘This will be the confidence debate without the motion.

‘Like The Mousetrap, it is a play within a play.’Katherine Zappone, Leo Varadkar posing for the camera: Fianna Fáil’s accelerating leadership crisis comes against a backdrop of rising internal tensions within Coalition partners Fine Gael. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Fianna Fáil’s accelerating leadership crisis comes against a backdrop of rising internal tensions within Coalition partners Fine Gael. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Significantly, the Fianna Fáil rebels intend to use precisely the same logic Mr Martin used in his attempted coup d’état against the politically wounded Brian Cowen in January 2011.

Supporters of a change noted that in his leadership challenge, Mr Martin had ‘reluctantly concluded’ the party should change its leader because the ‘sniping’ within the party was having a destabilising and damaging effect. And he claimed he was moving on Mr Cowen because it would end ‘all of the back-sniping and behind-closed-doors stuff that was going on’.

Fianna Fáil’s accelerating leadership crisis comes against a backdrop of rising internal tensions within Coalition partners Fine Gael. The catalyst for this continues to be the Zappone furore, which has been wounding for the party’s leadership troika of Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Paschal Donohoe.Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Senior Fine Gael sources claim this has served to accentuate existing concerns over ‘the semi-detached nature of Leo’s leadership’. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie Senior Fine Gael sources claim this has served to accentuate existing concerns over ‘the semi-detached nature of Leo’s leadership’. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Senior Fine Gael sources claim this has served to accentuate existing concerns over ‘the semi-detached nature of Leo’s leadership’.

Fine Gael’s level of rebelliousness is not as advanced as Fianna Fáil, but one source close to the leadership confirmed: ‘The leader is very weak. More than half of his supporters in 2017 have either left politics altogether or they have fallen out with him. His authority over the party is crumbling.’

The growing instability within Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is now a source of increasing unease for the Greens.Leo Varadkar, Micheal Martin are posing for a picture: The growing instability within Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is now a source of increasing unease for the Greens. Pic: Rollingnews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie The growing instability within Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is now a source of increasing unease for the Greens. Pic: Rollingnews.ie

One senior Green Party figure noted: ‘They are even more dysfunctional than us now and that is saying something.’

In a sharp criticism of the Greens’ unstable partners, they added: ‘All these distractions are regrettable. It is very immature and can only lead to instability.’ They also warned: ‘We are staying out of it. We have no intention of becoming the new Progressive Democrats and spending all our time being engaged in ethical firefighting.

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