The only highlights from the Green Party’s time in government are in TD Paul Gogarty’s hair, the Dáil heard today.
In an attack on the junior Coalition partners, Former Labour party leader Pat Rabbitte also accused John Gormley and Eamon Ryan of donning cycling helmets and pedalling to Cabinet meetings as a cheap publicity stunt.
Speaking on the continuing Budget debate, Mr Rabbitte told the Dáil: “The only highlights I have seen since the Green Party entered government are those in Deputy Gogarty’s hair and they seem to have disappeared since the crisis started.”
Mr Gogarty, who sometimes dyes his hair, was not in the Dáil chamber when Mr Rabbitte spoke.
The Labour TD, who once described former Progressive Democrats leader Michael McDowell as “a menopausal Paris Hilton” also claimed that Green Party ministers had lost touch with reality like their Fianna Fail colleagues.
He said: “Cycling to Cabinet meetings for the cameras does not butter parsnips.”
He added: “There is more to Cabinet decision-making than cycling to Government Buildings for photo opportunities.”
Referring to yesterday’s protest by 15,000 pensioners, the Dublin TD said: “Senior citizens have taken to the streets in their thousands, while students are protesting in a manner not seen for a generation, teachers and parents are on their way to Kildare Street and farmers are revving up in Claremorris.
“There is a danger that bad government will make the country ungovernable. The people will respond to leadership at a time of economic crisis but decision making which is unfair, ad-hoc and not sure-footed will make the crisis worse.”