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Clare Bailey is wrong: there is no better deal. This is as good as it gets

Tom Kelly


Members of the Green Party in Northern Ireland should get behind their leader Eamon Ryan and enter coalition with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, says Tom Kelly

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Eamon Ryan  of Green Party

Eamon Ryan of Green Party

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Clare Bailey of Green Party

Clare Bailey of Green Party

Eamon Ryan of Green Party

George Mitchell, the former US senator and Northern Ireland peacemaker, once said of the negotiations process: "We had 700 days of failure and one day of success." Those of us of that vintage could sense his pain.

He was dealing with 10 political parties, some of which were so small that their entire elected members could have fitted into a telephone kiosk.

Mitchell told the northern parties: "In terms of finding things to disagree about, you are geniuses, great innovators, but in finding ways to resolve your differences you are like blocks of granite."