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Gormley: Our patience is at an end

Greens leader John Gormley said his party's patience had "reached an end" as the group pulled out of the coalition Government.

Mr Gormley said that for a very long time his party stood back in the hope that Fianna Fail could resolve persistent doubts about their party leadership.

Despite Brian Cowen's resignation as party leader, but not Taoiseach, he said a definitive resolution of this has not yet been possible.

"And our patience has reached an end," he said. "Because of these continuing doubts, the lack of communication and the breakdown in trust, we have decided that we can no longer continue in government."

Mr Gormley said it had been a very rare privilege to serve in government, adding it would have been preferable if it had not coincided with the worst economic downturn in the nation's history.

In a statement, the Taoiseach later confirmed the resignations of Mr Gormley and Eamon Ryan have been accepted by the President, with the Department of the Environment reassigned to Eamon O Cuiv and the Department of Communications to Pat Carey.

The resignations of the Green junior ministers Ciaran Cuffe and Mary White were also accepted.

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