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Eamon Ryan TD
Green Party Leader and TD for Dublin Bay South
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.
Catherine Martin TD
Deputy Leader and TD for Dublin Rathdown
Catherine represents the constituency of Dublin Rathdown. As Green Party Education Spokesperson, she 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 Councillor for the Howth Malahide ward on Fingal County Council
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.
Cllr. Karen Furlong
Dundrum, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Karen is a strategy consultant and change management specialist. She is a particularly passionate for how technology and innovation can help tackle climate change.
Senator Grace O’Sullivan
Senator - Agricultural Panel
Grace was elected to the 26th Seanad on the Agricultural and Fisheries Panel. She is a respected ecologist from Waterford, who has spent the past 37 years of her life tackling environmental and social issues on a local, national and international level.
Housing and Homelessness
In order to avoid the boom and bust mistakes of the past and capitalise on existing State resources, the Green Party believes in a fundamental rethinking of housing provision in Ireland.
The Green Party supports the introduction of a range of measures aimed at assisting those who wish to have children. The Green Party also supports the removal of the 8th amendment of the Constitution, and the provision of free medical care to pregnant persons, including the free availability of lawful terminations within set timeframes.
We want to support Irish business, workers rights and Green jobs. Have a read of the Green Party Employment Policy here and find out how.
The Green Party supports the amendment of the Gender Recognition Act 2015 to include recognition by self-declaration for non-binary and non-gendered individuals; to make recognition for trans people aged 16 and 17 equal to that already enjoyed by those over 18; and to introduce a system of gender recognition for children under 16. Check out […]
Protection of Nature
We want to see Ireland blossom as a country with healthy soils, water and air supporting a much richer bird, animal, plant and insect life, for the benefit of citizens and tourists alike.
The Green Party support vibrant rural communities that are sustainable, economically independent and inclusive.
Economics and Finance
Ireland needs a sustainable economic model that benefits society as a whole.
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.
We in the Green Party emphasize proactive measures to promote mental/emotional wellbeing from earliest years.
Removing barriers to education, at all levels, is a key policy of the Green Party. Investment in education benefits all of society.
Our Green Party Transport Policy focuses on how we’re going to adapt to growing populations across our towns, cities and countryside.
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.
The Green Party is campaiging for Political Reform including a directly elected Seanad, votes for emigrants and the reduction of the voting age to 16.
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.
Humans have a responsibility as the dominant species on earth to protect the diversity and habitats of other species.
In Government, the Green Party proposes to establish a new sustainable urban planning framework.
The Irish language is an important cultural resource for the people of Ireland.
The Green Party proposes to introduce legislation which allows for assisted dying in Ireland
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.
The Green Party believes that the agricultural sector, its outputs, supporting structures and stakeholders are at the heart of creating a sustainable society and a successful national economy.
By caring for the nation’s children and providing healthy, nutritionally -balanced school meals, the State would make an important investment in the future.
An illustrative document outlining how citizens could lodge constitutional change initiatives and legislative change initiatives
Municipal Solid Waste
Ireland is behind the curve with regard to how it handles its Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). The Green Party will ensure that Ireland’s MSW industry becomes a byword for innovation, cutting edge technology and environmentally friendly solutions.
Alternatives to GDP
GDP has been the policy of successive governments to monomaniacally pursue absolute economic growth, often to the detriment of Irish society and environment. We must give equal weight to other indicators and develop a well-rounded, holistic view of our society.
Greens: Social media business model has to change
Revenue streams cannot be dependent on promoting sensationalist content, says Ryan Responding to last night’s Channel 4 Dispatches programme, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan said today: “The revelations on Channel 4 last night about the monitoring and management of harmful content on the Facebook platform raises serious questions about the company’s business model. […]
18th July 2018
Kilkenny designates Black and Amber Garden Bumblebee as County Insect
Greens want every County to adopt a County Insect and to adopt Pollinator Plans County Kilkenny has a new ambassador; the Garden Bumblebee (Bombus Hortorum). The initiative was proposed by Green Party Councillor and Spokesperson for Rural, Community affairs and Local Government, Malcolm Noonan as part of a broader proposal to embed the protection and […]
18th July 2018
Ryan: Government can’t greenwash UN update on SDGs
DGs Monitoring Report critical of Ireland on waste, climate, ocean protection & global partnership targets The Green Party said today that the Government can’t greenwash their update on the Sustainable Development Goals, as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, attends a United Nations event. Minister Naughten is in New York […]
17th July 2018
Greens: Poolbeg Incinerator expansion unacceptable to the local community
Proposal ‘doesn’t make environmental or economic sense’ The Green Party have called for the proposed increase in capacity at the Covanta Poolbeg Incinerator to be opposed, saying it would have a hugely negative affect on local residents, resulting in at least 18 more trucks per day passing through residential areas. Speaking following the […]
13th July 2018
Greens welcome historic passage of Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill
The Green Party hailed today’s passage of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill as historic, and said that it must be used as a foundation for more ambitious climate action in Ireland. Speaking in response to the passage of the Bill, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “We commend Thomas Pringle TD for […]
12th July 2018
Greens welcome further scrutiny of ‘Women in the Home’ referendum
The Green Party have welcomed the decision by the Oireachtas Business Committee to insist Government legislation to delete Article 41.2 of the Constitution must undergo pre-legislative scrutiny. A referendum to delete the reference to the ‘woman’s place in the home’ will likely be delayed as a result. The Greens support a gender-neutral amendment to […]
12th July 2018
Greens: New Oireachtas Climate Committee should have central role in drafting National Energy and Climate Plan
Oireachtas Committee, proposed by the Greens, will consider Citizens’ Assembly recommendations on climate change The Green Party said today that the new Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change, which met for the first time this evening in Leinster House, should play a central role in the drafting of a new National Energy and Climate Plan, […]
11th July 2018
Greens welcome Government approval of microbead ban
Ban comes almost two years after Government opposed Green Party legislation on issue The Green Party have welcomed the news that the Government have approved legislation to ban microbeads in Ireland. The development comes almost two years after Senator Grace O’Sullivan’s microbead legislation was voted down in the Seanad by Fine Gael and […]
11th July 2018
Greens: Evidence mounting on Government’s environmental failures
SDGs Monitoring Report critical of Ireland on waste, climate, ocean protection & global partnership targets The Green Party said today that the evidence of the Government’s environmental failures is mounting, after yet another international report criticised Government lack of action in this area. The Sustainable Development Goals Index and Dashboards Report, published today, […]
11th July 2018
Green Party: Improved rail services key to West’s development
The Green Party said today that improved rail services in the West of Ireland and better connectivity to Dublin are key to economic development, would allow combat rural decline, and improve job prospects for young families in the West. At a meeting of local Green Party groups from the West of Ireland in Westport […]
10th July 2018
Greens call on Government to block Ringaskiddy Incinerator with new planning powers
The Green Party today called on Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, to use new planning powers to overturn the decision to allow an incinerator in Ringaskiddy. On Friday, the Dáil voted for the Government to be given powers to revoke planning permission for projects which are a threat to national security. The new […]
8th July 2018
Sad day for nature as the Dáil passes a ‘Silent Spring’ Heritage Bill
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said today; “The Heritage Bill passed last night following a bitter and acrimonious debate in the Dáil. It will allow the burning of uplands in March and the cutting of hedgerows in August. “We are weakening conservation rules when our natural world is on its knees. The anger on […]
5th July 2018