Ossory Roadd, North Strand, Dublin 3.
Embattled Leader of the Green Party and Minister for Climate Action and Communications Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan with Green Party Councillor Donna Cooney (and Poppy, above) at the newly opened Royal Canal Route phase 2 at Newcomen Bridge.
Yesterday: It’s Not Easy
Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin last night
Brooks Hotel, Dublin 2.
Eamon Ryan won 994 votes to leadership challenger Catherine Martin’s 946 in a ballot of Green Party members.
Eamon Ryan said:
“It was a really close result. There is no two ways about that. The result could have gone either way. I will reflect on that.”
Catherine Martin said:
“There was diversity of opinion about going into coalition and about the programme for Government and that has been expressed but I believe we need to welcome those differences of opinion and be a welcoming space.
In relation to members that have left, I think it is very important that we engage with them.
I’ll be inviting them to talk to us and I’ll be asking them to stick with us.”
Last night: Perchance To Dream
Yesterday: Not With The Programme
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Green Party leadership candidates Catherine Martin and Eamon Ryan attend a cabinet meeting ahead of an announcement of result by the party at 7pm.
More as we get it.
From top: Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman and Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht Catherine Martin; From left: Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity Pippa Hackett ,Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar
Earlier: Not With The Programme
From top: Green Party leader Eamon Ryan in the Dáil last night; Green Party CouncillorLorna Bogue
Further to the last night’s vote against a a private members motion brought by the Social Democrats which sought to strengthen the rights of workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cork Green Party Councillor Lorna Bogue tweetz:
Last night my party voted against maternity payments and against a living wage and collective bargaining for precarious workers.
I’ve no information on why workers rights weren’t defended by the Green Party. Maternity payments were ‘unconstitutional’ if anyone can shed light on that
Workers rights are integral to just transition – we will not reach our climate goals without them.
I also can’t shake the intergenerational nature of the harm we have done today.
We say we are a party for future generations but we abandoned young families and young workers today.
I’ve spent six years defending the Green party – telling people on the doors they wouldn’t repeat the intergenerational harm they inflicted last time.
This party has made a liar out of me. A new generation of the young will pay for the failure of the Green Party with their futures.
Last night: Getting Woke
The 96FM Opinion Line with PJ Coogan
Fergal Barry writes:
This morning Cllr Bogue spoke to PJ Coogan about her disappointment at the party’s vote last night…However she will remain in the party, criticising when necessary from the inside.
Comfy-looking chairs, in fairness.
Previously: Why John Gormley Stayed In Bed
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan will have ‘four or five’ special advisors
Green Party firebrand Saoirse McHugh rails against her party’s unseemly scramble for the ‘goodies’.
Last night: The Special Ones
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin declines to chat with reporters holding enormous microphone stands ahead of a cabinet meeting.
The deputy leader of the Green Party has called for more clarity regarding Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen’s drink-driving conviction.
In an interview with Newstalk radio, Catherine Martin said that Mr Cowen had “strenuously denied” the allegations over the weekend.
However, the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht added that “more questions” had arisen and “more clarity” was needed.
‘More questions’ around Barry Cowen drink-driving offence – Catherine Martin (RTÉ)
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan deigns to chats with reporters – from a distance.
Earlier: Derek Mooney: It’s Not Just Loyalty – It Is Loyality
Yesterday: No Turning Back
Government buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin 2.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan arrives for government formation talks.
Earlier: Derek Mooney: Better Never Than Late
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan
Kick his bike.
Oh, it’s on.
Earlier: Dan Boyle: Green And Bear It