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Time for new Green party?

Published 16/10/2009

In the Republic, the Green Party voted for NAMA and the retention of the Green/Fianna Fail coalition.

Members of the Green Party from Northern Ireland were eligible and voted because the Greens are an all-Ireland party.

The same Green party allowed a motorway through the Hill of Tara - a World Heritage site - the selling to Shell of the offshore gas reserves close to the Mayo coast, the closing down of ENFO, the environmental library at Andrew Street in Dublin and gave permission for US troops to transit at Shannon Airport.

They endorsed by default the incinerator at Poolbeg in Dublin, but have urged Environment Minister Edwin Poots to reject the proposal for an incinerator near Lough Neagh.

I feel we can't rely on this so called 'green' party. There is clearly a gap in the political market for a new Northern Ireland environmental party that is not based on expediency.

PHILIP ALLEN

Belfast

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