Saoirse McHugh has left the Green party.

The Achill native’s move in not unexpected, as she had repeatedly said she would leave the party if it entered government.

Ms McHugh campaigned against the programme for government, which was endorsed by three quarters of Green members in a party-wide vote.

In a Twitter thread this morning she said the programme was “a terrible document. The membership were told it contained certain things that it didn’t.

This government, I believe (and I hope I’m wrong) will do massive damage to the idea of environmentalism by linking it with socially regressive policies”.

Ms McHugh rose to prominence during the European Parliament elections in 2019 when she narrowly failed to win a seat for the party in Connacht-Ulster.

However, she subsequently failed to win a Dáil seat in Mayo this year, and also failed to be elected to the Seanad.

Ms McHugh’s departure from the party comes on the day the results of the party’s leadership election, in which deputy leader Catherine Martin is challenging party leader Eamon Ryan, will be announced.

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