Responding to a statement issued 26 months ago shows how much Greens are ‘on the ball’
Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer said this week’s attack by failed Green Party candidate, Mick Murphy, on Senator Buttimer for a statement issued more than two years ago is a pathetic attempt to generate media attention and a clear indication of how on the ball the Greens are and where their priorities lie.
“With unemployment now at 13.8% and 467,000 signing on the live register, Green ‘activist’ Mick Murphy’s response to a statement issued by me 26 months ago shows how out of date and harebrained Green thinking really is.
“If Mick Murphy took the time to read the statement, which was issued in July 2008, he would know that I referred to John Gormley as The Joker, and not Batman as he suggested, for maintaining that cuts that were being made had no effect on front line local authority services. This, at a time when the housing aid grant for the elderly and disabled was seriously under-funded and the Minister was spending €700,000 on a study on bats.
“This cheap attempt to gain media attention would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad. Murphy’s thoughts would be better focused on getting his Party, or what’s left of it, to use its influence at the Cabinet table to get our people off the dole queues and back to work.”