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Further to the Morning Irelandcoverage 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

This afternoon.

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)


Paper cup; Green Party councillor at Dublin City Council Claire Byrne

After a series of motions submitted by Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne in the Environment Strategic Policy Committee, Dublin City Council have now agreed to set up an internal committee looking at banning non-recyclable coffee cups in their own buildings, reviewing catering agreements with suppliers, and will work to introduce the ban in markets and cafes within city parks.

This internal campaign will be supported by a city-wide external communications campaign to promote reusable coffee cups to the general public.

Speaking following the agreement, Councillor Byrne said: “I am delighted with this move by Dublin City Council. This is a great step towards reducing general waste in the city and increasing our recycling rates.

We are throwing away 200 million coffee cups every year which end up in landfill or incineration. These type of measures, working in conjunction with organisations such as Conscious Cup Campaign, will take a large number of disposable coffee cups out of our waste stream.”

Dublin City Council to ban disposable coffee cups and single use plastics (Green Party)

This afternoon.

Maxol Petrol Station, Mespil Road, Dublin 4

The launch of the Green Party’s Electric Vehicles (EV) Campaign and drivers’ survey which found  that 38% of them are “concerned about the lack of charging points”.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said:

“It’s up to the Government to provide charging points so that issue of range anxiety becomes a thing of the past,”

Mr Ryan added that “incentives for diesel cars” should also be scrapped “making the excise duty on diesel equal to that on petrol”.


Above From left:  Green Party Councillor Ciarán Cuffe – chair of Dublin City Council’s Transport Committee, electric car owner Michael Sherlock and unnamed pet and Eamon Ryan




This afternoon.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Green Party, Sinn Féin and Labour Party members combine to support the Waste Reduction Bill 2017.

The bill aims to introduce a deposit refund scheme for glass and plastic bottles and a “complete ban on single-use non-recyclable plastics, such as coffee cups and plastic cutlery”.


Top from left: Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan, Deputy Leader Catherine Martin, Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin and Labour colleagues Sean Sherlock TD, Senator Ged Nash and Jan O’Sullivan TD

Rare cross-party cooperation on new waste reduction Bill (Irish Times)



Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan

The Green Party have called for the decriminalisation of drug use and the legalisation of cannabis for medical use among their recommendations to the Government’s new National Drugs Strategy. The public consultation closed on the new strategy closed yesterday.

Speaking in support of the submission, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said:

“Opportunities for open consultation on government policy are very welcome, particularly when it comes to matters as important as our National Drugs Strategy, and we’re glad that the Government sought submissions on this issue. There has to be an acceptance that the current situation in Ireland is not working for anyone, and that a new National Drugs Strategy presents an opportunity to change this…

Green Party call for decriminalising drug use and legalising medical use of cannabis (Green Party)

Thanks Jonathan Victory



On Friday, Independent News and Media announced that it is buying Celtic Media Group which owns seven regional newspaper titles.

They are the weeklies – The Anglo Celt in Cavan, the Meath Chronicle, the Westmeath Examiner, in Mullingar, the Westmeath Independent, in Athlone), the free Offaly Independent and the Connaught Telegraph.

In addition, the group owns the fortnightly, free south Meath newspaper Forum.

Further to this…

The Green Party writes:

The Green Party today called on Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten TD, to refer the proposed buyout of Celtic Media Group by Independent News Media to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The Party believes the takeover is in breach of the cross-media ownership regulations set out in the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014.

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said today: “The Minister needs to use the provisions of the 2014 Act to question and hopefully stop this merger.

There is a real threat to the public interest when one organisation ends up owning so many different media outlets. The legal mechanism to challenge this development has already been introduced. It is now up to the Minister to ensure those provisions are used.

“Irish print media are under real stress as advertising continues to divert to online platforms.

While we also want to ensure the survival of these historic titles, we cannot see a situation where so much of our print media is held by the same organisation who control so many national and local radio stations.

“The Minister and the BAI need to act fast to provide certainty about their approach. I will be raising the issue at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment this Thursday morning to get a clear understanding of the Ministers intentions.”

Greens call on Minister to refer purchase of Celtic Media Group to BAI (Green Party)


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin.

Newly forgiven Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, just elected in Dublin South, and Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin, a new TD for the Dublin Rathdown constituency.

Bloody hippies.

Earlier: Dan Boyle: The Germans Have A Word For It

Guess Who Just Got Back Today

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The Green Party’s Roderic O’Gorman, Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin at the party’s election manifesto launch in Molesworth Gallery, Dublin this morning

Read the manifesto here



This morning.

Dublin city centre.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan unveils his party’s transport plans for general Election 2016 aboard a double decker bus.

The plans include:

Two-thirds of all capital investment in transport would go towards buses, cycling and walking infrastructure and one-third for roads (a reversal of the Government’s current transport policies).

Spending €582m on three bus rapid transport (BRT) routes in the city – Blanchardstown to UCD, Clongriffin to Tallaght and Swords to the city centre.

10pc of all trips in the city to be made by bike, and proposes measures to attract students onto public transport.

Students will be able to avail of the same rates for weekly, monthly and annual tickets as are currently offered to employees under the Taxsaver scheme.


Top pic: from left: Dublin North West candidate Caroline Conroy, Dublin city councillor Ciaran Cuffe, Eamon Ryan, and Dublin Mid West candidate Tom Kivleitan

‘Massive’ investment in public transport and cycling in capital – Green Party reveal plan (Paul melia, independent.ie)

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