Councillor quits over ‘spin and manipulation’

ANOTHER prominent figure has resigned from the Greens in protest at the actions the party has taken in Government.

Wicklow Town Councillor Pat Kavanagh wrote to Green leader John Gormley saying the party no longer represented her position. She also accused the leadership of manipulation.

“Unfortunately, I can no longer stand over certain decisions made on behalf of the Green Party at Government level, or justify them to myself or to my constituents, particularly in relation to the NAMA bill, appointments to state boards and the National Pensions Framework,” she said.

“I see a continuously eroding democracy within the party where ‘spin’ and manipulation by management are becoming the norm, and a chasm [has opened] between stated party policies and the implementation of those policies. This is not the party I signed up to and it no longer represents my position.”

Ms Kavanagh said she would keep her seat as an “Independent Green”, and work with other disaffected former members towards providing the electorate with an alternative.

However, Mr Gormley insisted it had been “a very consolidating weekend” for the party.

He accepted not all Greens were happy with NAMA, but said an overwhelming majority of members had supported the bank bailout plan at a special conference last year. “There were differences on the question of NAMA. The membership spoke. It wasn’t good enough for some members. And we just accept that and we move on. And you can’t argue with an 83% endorsement by your party members.”

Ms Kavanagh’s resignation follows on from councillors Chris O’Leary and Bronwen Maher quitting.

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