I read your speech before the Ireland Institute with great interest. There is much common ground between the Left and the Greens. While various political parties may be on opposite sides in the Dail, we are not, ultimately, politically opposed. In that constructive spirit I’d like to discuss some of your observations - specifically, your contention that the trade unionists are somehow ‘vested’ interests. I realise this has been a source of some friction between the Left and the Greens and, I would argue, considerable confusion. So let’s look at the reality.