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Predictions on GP leadership contest? July 15, 2020

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Never a dull moment in Irish politics these days – even without the pandemic. The result will be out on 22nd of July. There’s already been a hustings. So, any predictions as to outcomes, and as importantly, what about the direction of the GP from here on out. What difference, if any, would a new leader make?

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1. NFB - July 15, 2020

You’d imagine if enough of the membership were happy to back the PFG that it would be hard to get a majority that would see the back of Ryan. I was wrong about the PFG vote though.

It doesn’t seem to me like there is enough for Martin to stand out as an obvious alternative to Ryan.

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irishelectionliterature - July 15, 2020

I think Ryan will win it but by maybe 55-45%. I know a few Greens that voted for the PFG but also have voted for Martin for the leadership.

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2. tomasoflatharta - July 15, 2020

Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other.

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin wants the job of current numero uno Eamon Ryan.

Her pitch looks blatant : do her quoted comments mean that, if elected Green Party leader, she will replace male Green Party Ministers and mini-Ministers with females? If so, Martin has a limited choice – the only available female Green TD who can be promoted is Dublin Central deputy Neasa Hourigan, who voted against coalition with FFFG. Martin could also give ministerial promotions to two female Green Party Senators. On cue, Hourigan says this about the Apple tax appeal today, supporting the FFFGGG coalition.

“ Green Party finance spokesperson Neasa Hourigan, on the other hand, described the ruling as ‘quite a big win for Ireland’, adding: ‘When it’s a technical point of law, it might be appropriate to appeal certain decisions.” https://extra.ie/2020/07/15/business/irish/pearse-doherty-apple-tax-appeal

“ The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht said she congratulated all the male Ministers.

“They’re all able for the job, but I think there was a missed opportunity to promote women and from our side there was also a missed opportunity to unite the party as well, that nobody who voted no or advocated no to the programme for Government was promoted to ministerial position and I think that was a missed opportunity to unite.”
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/eamon-ryan-missed-chance-to-promote-women-says-catherine-martin-1.4299071

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3. Dr. Nightdub - July 17, 2020

As of today, all Martin has to do to win is stay awake.

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