Green Party

  • The Green Party is putting three candidates forward for the upcoming European elections on May 24th.

    The party is launching its campaign later today.

    Councillor Ciarán Cuffe is contesting Dublin, Senator Grace O'Sullivan is standing in Ireland South and newcomer, Saoirse McHugh, is seeking election in Midlands North West.

    Saoirse, who's from Achill Island, is passionate about the environment and the dangers of climate change.

    The 28-year old says there are a number of key issues facing the Midlands North West constituency - including Brexit and rural decline.

  • Councillor Pippa Hackett of the Green Party will become a senator next month after no other candidate was nominated to contest the byelection for the Upper House.


    The Ballindine native, who is an Offaly councillor and the party’s agriculture spokeswoman, was the only candidate to submit a nomination for the seat which was vacated by her party colleague Grace O’Sullivan.


    Ms O’Sullivan was elected to the European Parliament in May.


    The other political parties decided not to nominate any other candidate.


    Ms Hackett runs the family farm, which specialises in organic beef, in Geashill, Co Offaly, with her husband Mark.


    They have four children, aged 8 to15.


    A native of Ballindine, Co Mayo, Ms Hackett studied agriculture in Essex.

  • Today, Ballindine native Pippa Hackett becomes the Green Party's only senator as she enters Leinster House.

    The Green Party's spokesperson on agriculture lives on a farm outside Geashill, Co Offaly.

    Ms Hackett and her husband, Mark, run a mixed organic farm with suckler cows, sheep, hens and horses.

    In May she became the first Green councillor on Offaly County Council. She takes up the Seanad seat vacated by the Greens' Grace O'Sullivan, who was elected as an MEP.

    Ms Hackett was elected unopposed on Friday last, as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil decided not to contest the by-election in a gesture to the Greens.

    Pippa Hackett says her primary focus is on the future of farming.

    She says the focus has to be the quality of the food being produced.


    Climate change has been put firmly on the agenda for next week's local and European elections.

    Two political opinion polls out today show a significant bounce for the Green party - which is up four points in both.

    The polls also show there's very little difference in current levels of support for Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

    These results will make lively reading for political leaders heading into local and European elections on Friday.

    A Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes poll of 954 voters between May 2nd and 14th puts Fine Gael and Fianna Fail level on 28 per cent - while a Red C poll of 2000 adults for the Sunday Business Post between Mayo 6th and 16th puts Fianna Fail just 4 points behind. 

  • A Galway West Fianna Fail TD says it's 'make up your mind time' when it comes to government formation.

    Significant progress has been made in talks between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green Party.

    Some key sticking points have been ironed out and optimism is said to be building among the negotiating teams.

    Eamon O'Cuiv, believes that we will see a programme for government by the weekend but then it has to be put to the parties.

  • Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, says his comments about car-sharing in rural Ireland have been misrepresented.


    In a TV show appearance, he said he was in favour of small towns or villages pooling their transport needs.


    However, critics say rural communities rely on their cars because they have no alternative options.


    Eamon Ryan says he was merely highlighting the options for a town or village with about 400 or 500 cars.

  • Green party candidate in Mayo Saoirse McHugh has accused the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of “scaremongering” against her party on Leaders Debate on Virgin TV on Wednesday night last.

    She says the Taoiseach suggested that many rural people are slightly fearful of the green party agenda.

    Saoirse told Midwest News today why she believes that the Taoiseach’s remarks were unfair.

    Her party and herself believe that the millions of euros allocated for the construction of the N5 between Castlebar and Westport by this government could better be spent on numerous road and greenway projects right across the county.

  • The Green Party's gaining ground after its strong result in the local and European elections.

    The latest Sunday Times/ Behaviour & Attitudes June Poll out today, shows the Greens are up 6 points to 11 per cent.

    It's bad news for Fine Gael, which has seen its support fall by 5 points to 23 per cent, while Fianna Fail's more popular with no change on 28 per cent.

    Not a great result either for Sinn Fein who are down 7 points to 12, while Labour's risen by a point to 5 per cent.

    900 eligible Irish voters aged 18 and took part in the survey, which was carried out from the 31st of May to the 11th of June.





  • The Green Party's selected Saoirse McHugh to contest the upcoming European Parliament elections in the Midlands-North-West constituency.

    The 28 year old from Achill Island in County Mayo is an environmentalist and  has worked on various agricultural projects throughout Central America and with the Irish Seed Savers Association in Co. Clare.

    Party leader Eamon Ryan says she will make an impressive advocate for the kind of future planning the people of Midlands-North-West need to be part of, at a European level.


  • The Green Party has voted to go into government with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

    It clears the way for the Fianna Fáil / Fine Gael / Greens government to be formed, after the other two parties also backed the deal earlier on Friday.

    Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is now expected to be elected as Taoiseach by the Dáil tomorrow.

    The Greens had needed a two-thirds majority of members to approve the deal in a postal ballot.

    Almost 1,900 members of the party cast their votes - with the final result 76% to 24% for no.

    It was earlier confirmed that members of Fine Gael had backed the deal overwhelmingly, with 80% voting yes and 20% voting no.

    There was also strong support for the deal with Fianna Fáil, with 74% of their members voting in favour of the deal.

    With the programme for government now approved by the individual parties, the Dáil will hold a special sitting at the Convention Centre Dublin tomorrow to elect a new Taoiseach.

    Under the coalition deal, Deputy Martin will hold the role until December 2022, with Leo Varadkar to take over then for the remainder of the new government's term.

    If approved, Micheál Martin will tomorrow also appoint his Cabinet ministers.

  • The Green Party want its leader to share the position of Taoiseach if they form a coalition with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.

    The Irish Times reports the party would want Eamon Ryan to lead such a government for one out of a five year term.

    Fine Gael has said it would want the position of Taoiseach to be rotated in any coalition with Fianna Fail.

    Micheál Martin says he would go into government with Leo Varadkar's party, and hasn't ruled out a rotating Taoiseach.

  • The Sligo-Leitrim Green Party Election Campaign will be officially launched tomorrow morning.

    Green Party Election candidate for Sligo-Leitrim North Roscommon and South Donegal, Dr Bláithín Gallagher, will launch her campaign in the Farmers Market, IT Sligo at 10am.

    The Leitrim native has been Editor of the Leitrim Guardian since 2010 and chairs the board of directors for The Model in Sligo.

    Dr Gallagher will elaborate on the 5 pillars of her campaign, People-Planet-Prosperity-Peace-Partnership.

  • The latest political opinion poll brings good news for Fine Gael.

    The Red C Sunday Business Post poll shows the Government party ahead on 33 percent with Fianna Fail 9 points behind on 24.

    Sinn Fein's up 2 points to 16 percent.

    Renua and Solidarity PBP are both up 1 to 2 percent.

    The Independent Alliance drop to just 1 percent with Independents overall on 11.

    Labour's unchanged on 6 percent - the Green Party and Social Democrats are unchanged on 2 percent.

  • A result from Fine Gael's vote on the programme for government is expected in the next hour.

    Counting is continuing to decide whether or not Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens will enter government together.

    While a carve up of which party will get which ministries has already begun.

    A result from Fine Gael's count is expected in the next hour and it's thought it will be largely in favour of entering government.

    The others are going to take a few hours yet as counting continues - closer to 8pm.

    Sources have also said it looks as though Fine Gael will keep the Foreign Affairs, Finance, Business and Justice portfolios.

    While Fianna Fáil will take charge of housing and public expenditure, and possibly education.

    Green leader Eamon Ryan is expected to take charge of a new climate and transport Department.

  • Sinn Fein's popularity has plummeted by five points according to a new opinion poll.

    It now leaves them 18 per cent behind leaders Fine Gael.

    After a promising surge in last month's poll, things seem to have changed dramatically for Sinn Fein.

    The latest Red C opinion poll for the Sunday Business Post has them at 13 per cent - a decrease of five points.

    It comes a fortnight after party leader Mary Lou McDonald posed behind a controversial banner reading "England get out of Ireland" at the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York.

    Meanwhile, support for Fine Gael is unchanged at 31 per cent, while Fianna Fáil are on 25, up one point.

    The Social Democrats, the Independent Alliance and the Green Party all sit on 3 per cent, with Solidarity-People Before Profit on two.

    The Independents and Labour are unchanged on 15 and 5 per cent respectively, while Renua and Peadar Tóibín's new party Aontú are on less than 1 per cent.