14 May 2005


And now from Minister Money-over-matter...

Keep Greens out of government, says Roche

14/05/2005 - 13:02:31

The Green Party should be kept as far away from government as possible to protect Ireland’s economic gains, Environment Minister Dick Roche declared today.

Speaking as the party holds its annual convention in Cork, Fianna Fáil Minister Roche claimed the Greens promoted anti-business taxes and continuously oppose vital infrastructure projects.

“If the Green Party had its way, the Irish people would still be travelling across bog roads to take the emigrant ship,” he said.

“The gains that Ireland has made must be protected and the best way to do that is to ensure the Greens are kept as far away from Government as possible.”

Greens leader Trevor Sargent is tonight expected to launch a stinging attack on the Government as he seeks a strong mandate to join an alternative government after the next general election.

He is likely to criticise the Fianna Fáil-led administration for its poor record in the health, education and the environment sectors.

But Minister Roche said today that Fianna Fáil-led governments had created jobs and fostered economic growth by cutting taxes on enterprise and investment.

“Greens have consistently called for raising taxation on investment and enterprise – moves that would be deeply destructive for our economic prospects,” he added.

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