Government in crisis as Green Party calls for general election

Green Party leader John Gormley has insisted t...Image by infomatique via Flickr
The Government was thrown into crisis today after Fianna Fail's coalition partners, the Green Party, called for a general election to be held.

John Gormley, Green Party leader and Environment Minister, said he wanted a date for the vote to be set some time in the second half of January.

The dramatic call comes less than 24 hours after Cabinet ministers agreed to ask the International Monetary Fund and Europe for a multibillion euro bail-out.

Mr Gormley said: "The past week has been a traumatic one for the Irish electorate. People feel misled and betrayed.

"But we have now reached a point where the Irish people need political certainty to take them beyond the coming two months. So we believe it is time to fix a date for a general election in the second half of January 2011."

The Greens said they made the decision on Saturday.

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Government in crisis as Green Party calls for general election