The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin.
Scenes from the Green Party Convention with participants including Ciaran Cuffe (pic 1); Catherine Martin TD (pic 3); Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD (pic 4); pic 7, from left: Councillor Hazel Chu, Janet Horner, Cllr Neasa Hourigan and Cllr Pauline O’Reilly.
In his keynote speech to the party’s national convention in Dublin, Mr Ryan has argued that entering government was the most effective way to address the climate emergency.
Referring back to the Green’s first experience in coalition, which saw the party losing all its seats in 2011, Mr Ryan said: “I know from experience how hard that can be but also what can be achieved. To prepare properly it is important to set out the principles that we would approach any programme for government negotiations.”
He said the party should be willing to talk to any party who shared its core belief in constitutional, democratic and peaceful politics.
Green Party must be ‘open’ to coalition with major parties – Ryan (Irish Times)
TU Dublin Grangegorman, Grangegorman Lower, Arran Quay, Dublin.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and cabinet colleagues launch the Government’s ‘Climate Action Plan to Tackle Climate Breakdown’.
The Government aims to bring 950,000 electric vehicles into circulation as part of the Climate Action Plan, which has been published this afternoon.
It also plans to introduce legislation to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030, and to roll out a nationwide charging system for electric vehicles.
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton described the plan as “ambitious but realistic”.
He said it identified how Ireland would achieve its 2030 targets for carbon emissions, and put the country “on a trajectory to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050”.
Climate Action Plan ‘ambitious but realistic’ (RTÉ)
Newly elected Green Party Dublin City Councillor Hazel Chu tweetz:
Me – Hey mum, I got my card today. I’ll start officially tomorrow.
Mum – That card doesn’t say Taoiseach. You should work harder next time.
Previously: Posters In Front Of People
Cork City Hall.
Dan Boyle is elected to Cork City Council for Cork South Central and will be among four Green Party councillors in the chamber.
“The Greens have been involved with more on the ground campaigning. We have taken an inclusive approach to social media and the mainstream media and we are making people aware of wider social issues and there have been some very positive engagements.
In terms of people engaging with environmental issues, I would describe it as the ‘David Attenborough effect’ and more young people are coming out to vote.
“I will be seeking meetings with the other parties and groupings to discuss the possibility of a civic charter and vision for Cork over the next five years. The shape of Cork should be a constant conversation.”
Dan Boyle returns to City Hall on the Green wave (EchoLive)
The ‘Green Wave’ hasn’t happened yet.
Irish Georgian Society, Dublin
Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD (left), Candidate for Europe Ciaran Cuffe (centre) and party leader Eamon Ryan TD at their party’s final press conference before the European and Local elections.
Leader of the Labour Party Brendan Howlin TD speaking to the media outside St Stephens Green, Dublin 2 for the final press conference with his party’s candidate for Europe Alex White (to Mr Howlin’s right) before voting on Friday.
RTÉ One broadcast its final live debate with MEP candidates – this time with candidates from the Midlands-North-West constituency.
Taking part in the debate were Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh, Independent candidate Peter Casey, Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy, Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness, Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith, Solidarity–People Before Profit candidate Cyril Brennan, and Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.
At one point, Ms McHugh, 28, from Achill Island, responded to comments about migration made by millionaire businessman Mr Casey, 61, saying:
“Millionaires blaming migrants is an old trope and it’s boring.
“There’s real repercussions to this absolute nonsense.
“Go on Dancing With The Stars if you want attention.”
Watch back the debate in full here (when it’s uploaded).
Green Party’s Saoirse McHugh tells Peter Casey ‘to go on Dancing With The Stars if you want attention’ on RTE Prime Time debate (Lauren Kelly, The Irish Sun)
Outside the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin 2
Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan (centre) presents candidates in the forthcoming Local Elections on May 24.
Further to the Morning Ireland ‘coverage gap‘
Green Party TD Eamon Ryan tweetz:
What a pity then that RTÉ is all at sea when it comes to covering climate change. With the exception of their correspondent and a few programme makers, they don’t seem to know how to inform the public on the issue. Can that change?
RTE ‘failing’ to inform public about environmental issues, new study finds (Green News)
Last week: The Coverage Gap
The motion tabled before Dublin City Council by Green Party Councillor Ciaran Cuffe reads:
That the ‘green man’ period at pedestrian signals throughout the city centre be increased by one second in order to better facilitate more vulnerable road users who would benefit from additional crossing time.”
Dublin councillors to vote on extending ‘green man’ time (Irish Times)