"Captive Greens suffering Stockholm Syndrome As They Capitulate on Core Values – Tóibín
Aontú Leader Peadar Tóibín TD has today called on the Greens to "have a long look in the mirror to see if they recognised themselves anymore".
Speaking today, Deputy Tóibín said:
"The Greens have reached a point of no return in this Government. They have capitulated time and time again on what was supposed to be their core values. The Greens have become captives of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and seem to be suffering Stockholm Syndrome relinquishing any fight for what they were supposed to stand for. They should have a long look in the mirror to see if they recognised themselves anymore".
“For many people, particularly in rural areas, the one redeeming feature of the Green party was the prospect of better, more frequent, more accessible and cheaper public transport. In the Dáil Minister Ryan talked about his fear that if we reduce costs on public transport people will make "unnecessary trips". This is perhaps the most significant Eamon-gag so far in this government's term. His Dáil contributions are more coherent when he is asleep than when he is awake".
Deputy Tóibín continued: "Climate Change is real, but the Green's have even failed to tackle that - there were many positive things they could have done - where is the refundable tax on plastic bottles like they have in Germany? Where are the extra bus routes? Where is the Navan rail line? Where is the western rail corridor? Where are the high speed trains? Where are the extra broad-leaf forests? Where are the tens of thousands of deep retro fitted homes. Where are all of the shallow retrofits?
“Instead the Greens opted to take an unjust, unpopular, aggressive approach towards farmers and ordinary Irish people in rural areas - imposing carbon taxes, leaving them with massive electricity bills, encouraging them - some who live a mile from the next nearest house - to share cars, and threatening a culling of the national herd".
"Now the Minister has let the mask slip - he doesn't want to see a situation where people are using public transport flippantly - what does this even mean? Commentary from back-benchers today regarding the eviction ban saying that at the cabinet meeting Minister Ryan did not represent Green party values. The questions is Deputies Horrigan and Costello make any kind of real stand on this issue. When we look at the homeless statistics, the cost-of-living crisis, the electricity bills, and then we look at the Greens who proport to be on the left, who proport to be the government's moral compass, we see that their tactic in entering government has failed abysmally and that members are becoming disillusioned with the party leadership. Backbenchers in the party should look at themselves in the mirror for some time, and they should reflect on the number of people who will be made homeless as a result of Cabinet decisions today, before they partake in the next Dáil vote", concluded Deputy Tóibín.