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Green Party Leader
Eamon has spent the last twenty years working at the highest policy level in local government, the Dáil, the Council of Ministers, and more recently in some of the most influential organisations in the world.
Cllr. Catherine Martin
Deputy Leader and Councillor for Dundrum, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Catherine represents the Dundrum Ward on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. As Green Party Education Spokesperson Catherine is committed to equality of access and opportunity in education.
Cllr. Roderic O’Gorman
Green Party Chairperson/Cathaoirleach and Councillor for Castleknock, Fingal County Council
Roderic is a law lecturer in the School of Law and Government in DCU. He is committed to improved education, public transport provision and proper planning.
Cllr. Ciarán Cuffe
North Inner City, Dublin City Council
Ciarán is an architect and planner and has campaigned for many years for a vibrant city as a Dubliner, Councillor and Minister for Planning.
Cllr. Claire Byrne
Pembroke-South Dock, Dublin City Council
Claire is an Environmental Education Specialist developing education programmes and events for schools nationwide.
Cllr. David Healy
Howth-Malahide, Fingal County Council
David has a Degree in Law and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science. He is a Policy and Advocacy Officer with Oxfam Ireland.
Cllr. Ossian Smyth
Dún Laoghaire, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Ossian is a Technical Consultant in Saint Vincent’s Hospital. He volunteers as a CoderDojo mentor and is adviser to the European Parliament Green Energy Experts group.
Cllr. Francis Duffy
Rathfarnham, South Dublin County Council
Francis is a lecturer in the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT. He is also an artist and coach of his local GAA club.
Cllr. Malcolm Noonan
Kilkenny City-West, Kilkenny County Council
Malcolm has been a Green Party Kilkenny Borough & County Councillor for over 10 years and is a former Mayor of Kilkenny.
Cllr. Marianne Butler
Dundalk-South, Louth County Council
Marianne is a business graduate of Trinity College Dublin. She has been a Green Party Councillor in Dundalk since 2009 and in 2011 became Cathaoirleach of Dundalk Town Council.
Cllr. Mark Dearey
Dundalk-Carlingford, Louth County Council
Mark was the first Green Party Councillor to be elected in Louth in 2004, he was re-elected in 2009. He was appointed to Seanad Eireann in February 2010.
Cllr. Steven Matthews
Bray, Wicklow County Council
Steven has been an electrician at Irish Rail for 25 years. He holds a BSc in Planning & Environmental Management from DIT.
Cllr. Patrick Costello
Rathgar-Rathmines, Dublin City Council
Patrick topped the poll in his area in the 2014 local elections. Educated at UCD and Trinity, he works with vulnerable communities including the homeless and the young.
With a highly-skilled workforce, access to international capital and markets and a growing start-up mentality, Ireland is well placed to become a hub of activity in the Green Economy.
Working with bodies like NAMA to develop sustainable housing is a priority of the Green Party, as are greater funding for homeless services, an end to upward-only rent reviews and a properly regulated rental sector that reflects modern Ireland
The Green Party believes in a systematic approach to healthcare, built around patient empowerment and preventative methods, supported by universal healthcare accessed on the basis of medical need.
Ireland is renowned for its food. Our agricultural sector supports thousands of jobs and the Green Party is committed to working for a vibrant, successful and green agriculture industry.
As an island nation we have one of the greatest marine resources in Europe. That resource needs to be managed responsibly.
A sustainable Irish forestry industry can have a central role in Ireland’s developing green economy while also delivering important ecological and cultural heritage and amenity benefits.
Provision of water must be fair with sufficient allowances, help for those who cannot afford to pay, and a constitutional amendment which guarantees that the water of Ireland will never be privatised.
Economics and Finance
Ireland needs a sustainable economic model that benefits society as a whole.
Ireland has the potential to be a world leader in the new technologies sector. The Digital economy is vital to Ireland’s growth and IT plays an ever increasing role in our daily lives.
A modern Ireland needs a modern energy supply. The Green Party believes renewable energy will reduce costs for households and businesses, cut fossil fuel imports and help combat climate change.
Ireland’s justice system is in need of reform and that requires new thinking about how we tackle crime in all sectors of society.
Our Green Party Transport Policy focuses on how we’re going to adapt to growing populations across our towns, cities and countryside.
Removing barriers to education, at all levels, is a key policy of the Green Party. Investment in education benefits all of society.
The Irish language is an important cultural resource for the people of Ireland.
School Dinner Policy
By caring for the nation’s children and providing healthy, nutritionally -balanced school meals, the State would make an important investment in the future.
Environmental Protection Agency Reform Policy
This policy suggests reforms including greater coordination between environmental regulation
Humans have a responsibility as the dominant species on earth to protect the diversity and habitats of other species.
Greens call on Government to ban GMOs before tomorrow’s deadline
The Green Party today called on the Government to opt-out of European legislation that would allow cultivation of GMOs in Ireland. Ireland has until October 3rd (tomorrow) to opt-out of the plan. So far, over half of member states have opted out, including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Speaking as the deadline looms, Green Party […]
2nd October 2015
Greens: Nothing new in Government Capital Investment Plan
The plan is a relaunch of old projects which should have started years ago. The Green Party today claimed that the Government’s much awaited Capital Investment Plan contained nothing new of note, and simply relaunched existing projects with some minor additions. Reacting to the plan, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan criticised the lack […]
29th September 2015
Greens welcome nationwide ban on smoky coal
The Green Party today welcomed the announcement by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly that a nationwide ban on smoky coal is to be implemented. The ban, already in place in a number of urban areas around the country, is expected to come into force in 2018. Speaking today, Green Party Spokesperson for the Environment […]
28th September 2015
Greens: UN Sustainable Development Goals are a manifesto for the future of both the Global North and South
Party calls for a national dialogue on how 17 goals will be met here in Ireland The Green Party today welcomed Ireland’s backing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and called for a national dialogue on how the vision outlined in the goals can be turned into reality. Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party, […]
25th September 2015
Loss of Web Summit should act as a wake-up call to Government
Short term political thinking sees us short of vital housing, transport and digital infrastructure. The Green Party today warned the announcement by the Web Summit that they are moving to Lisbon is a wake-up call to the Government. Speaking today, Eamon Ryan, Green Party Leader said: “The loss of the Web Summit is a big […]
23rd September 2015
The State needs to intervene and use RTE, Dublin Bus and NAMA lands to address housing crisis – Green Party
NAMA must deliver on the social dividend that was written into its mission statement. The Green Party today unveiled a proposal to address the housing crisis, stating that State owned lands in Dublin hold the key to solving the problem. Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said today “We need the state to directly […]
17th September 2015
Greens: Refugees should be settled in both urban and rural areas
The Green Party today called for incoming refugees to be settled in both urban and rural areas, countering claims by Minister Aodhan O’Riordain and the Red Cross that refugees should be settled away from urban areas due to the housing crisis. The Party claimed that access to jobs and other services, as well as homes, […]
16th September 2015
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to vote on poster restrictions for upcoming General Election
Green Party Deputy Leader Cllr. Catherine Martin has said that Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has a golden opportunity at this evening’s Council meeting (Monday, 14th September, 2015) to lead the way by becoming the first local authority to restrict election posters to specific, designated public areas within the County. The parameters of the motion Cllr. Martin has […]
14th September 2015
Green Party calls for plebiscite on Cork council merger ahead of tonight’s key council vote
The Green Party today called for a plebiscite over proposals to merge Cork City Council and Cork County Council. Oliver Moran, Green Party candidate for Cork North Central, hit out at the lack of public consultation over the move and highlighted the level of concern since the proposal came to light. Over 200 people have […]
14th September 2015
Greens: Kenny out of touch with women over Eighth Amendment
The Green Party today accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of burying his head in the sand on dealing with abortion following his refusal to commit to a referendum on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Speaking following Mr. Kenny’s comments, Green Party candidate for Cork South Central and Young Green Party Leader, Lorna Bogue, accused the Taoiseach of being completely […]
11th September 2015
Proposal to increase EU intake of refugees to 160,000 is welcome but does not go far enough
Our Government should adopt a suggestion from President Junckers to let asylum seekers work Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said today. ‘We welcome the proposal by the President of the European Commission’s to reallocate 160.000 refugees who have recently arrived in Greece and Italy. However when you look at the scale of the crisis that is now emerging it is […]
9th September 2015
Greens question why Fine Gael refused to support European Parliament vote in favour of a right to water
Their actions further the case for a referendum enshrining the principle of public ownership in our Constitution Yesterday 8th September 2015, Fine Gael MEPs voted against a European Parliament report which recognised that: ‘that water is not a commodity but a common good, and therefore should be provided at affordable prices that respect people’s right to […]
9th September 2015