I used to vote for Eamon Ryan and the Green Party, once they went into government with FF in 2007 I dropped my support immediately and have been waiting impatiently on the sidelines for the wheels to come off.
Surely I thought, the high moral standards of the Greens would allow them to see the toxic, incompetent cronyism that effects all FF led governments. It was only a question of time before the penny would drop.
It never will. Gormley of course was always one to put the path to power ahead of his morals and ethics, so I never expected much from him. But surely Eamon Ryan, whom I have met and had a high regard for, would find an issue to make a stand on?
The lowest ebb surely was his 'defence' of Willie O'Dea in the Dáil knowing the consequences of his actions. But recently this has been surpassed by his blinkered and total support for the current financial legislation in both NAMA and the continuing bailing out of the banks. As Olivia O'Leary said yesterday, it is the politics of fear. Eamon Ryan is as morally bankrupt as the banks are financially. But there will be no bailout of Eamon Ryan, FF don't do transfers. By failing to stand up for what he knows to be morally right and just for the Irish people he has shown himself to at a level below even Fianna Fail.
There is a word for Eamon Ryan.