Minister for Transport and the Minister for the Environment, Climate, and Communications, Eamon Ryan
Via Irish Times:
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said on Sunday he would bring a package of measures to Government next week to help with the cost of living.
Sources indicated this would include a public awareness campaign advising steps such as cutting out one car journey a week in favour of walking or taking public transport, taking shorter showers, not filling a kettle to the top if not needed and turning down the thermostat by a degree.
The package will also include more targeted measures, which sources described as “regulator-led”, designed to help those with energy debts obtain manageable repayment schedules and to ensure vulnerable people were on the cheapest tariff possible.
Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan (above right) sheltering from Storm Eunice with members of environmental group Not Here Not Anywhere. The Green Party is publishing a bill that would deny planning permission for any Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) infrastructure.
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan speaking to the media with Green Party Ministers Catherine Martin, Roderic O’Gorman and Pippa Hackett on day 1 of the party’s think-in.
Regarding criticism from the National Women’s Council of a decision by the party not to sanction Brian Leddin TD over his comments on a WhatsApp group, Mr Ryan said the Greens had the highest representation of women in any political party.
He added the party needed to maintain a “culture of dignity and respect” to promote women in politics and confirmed the issue would be discussed at the party’s think-in.
Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin said she had made her views known on the issue and had spoken to Brian Leddin but she would not comment further as the matter “is subject of a garda investigation.”
Members of ROSA Socialist Feminist Movement, including Ruth Coppinger (above), former TD and founding member of ROSA, call on Green Party leadership to take action over WhatsApp activity by Limerick Green TD Brian Leddin.
I’m told that even if the party passes such a motion it has no bearing on Ms Chu’s role in the party as motions of no confidence only apply to the leader. Sources also suspect Patrick Costello may be prevented from voting as Ms Chu is his partner.
Hazel Chu says, even though she’s contesting a Seanad by-election as an independent, she’ll take the Green whip “as long as I’m still a member”. Says she contested the election because there were no other female candidates for the Industrial & Commercial Panel pic.twitter.com/oQapdNEJB9
I abhor that @hazechu experiences racism. But people on the left shouldn’t support women or minorities regardless: Hazel is Chair of @greenparty_ie, wants to stay in it when others have left & praises work of GP ministers. Feminising the elite is not breaking status quo. #TodayCB
Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu passing an Extinction Rebellion protest outside Leinster House.
Mayor Chu is the Chair of the Green Party, but has announced she wants to run in the Seanad by-elections next month as an independent candidate.
“Though I am a Green member, I understand I am not endorsed by the party since the executive made the decision not to hold a selection convention. I also understand there is no pact in place with any other parties as confirmed by the leader at the last executive meeting. I am not looking for any support from the party since this was a personal choice to ensure that there is proper representation,”
“In the current climate, it is important to have women and minorities represented at this election. This choice, as I said, is a personal one, as is my candidacy. After spending the year speaking to children from all backgrounds that anyone can run for election I felt that it was essential I follow what I preach.
The first of these tweets is four years ago today. The same treaty (the EU-Canada trade deal) is down for ratification in the Dáil tomorrow, with the Greens now in government pic.twitter.com/1mSItEzq2M
Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore TD, who is the party’s spokesperson for Climate Action and Biodiversity, said:
“With this trade deal comes a very controversial mechanism which allows companies to sue an EU member state for potential profits lost if a Government decides to change their policies or regulations.
“This will be devastating for many reasons, including in the area of health and housing, but also in in relation to the Government drafting legislation and policies to tackle climate change and biodiversity. If a company feels a Bill or policy drafted to mitigate climate change might negatively impact on their profit margin, it could technically sue the Irish Government under CETA.
“Furthermore, all of this would be settled in special tribunals held outside our own justice system in a non-transparent manner. This is hardly appropriate in an age where transparency and due diligence is a basic requirement in a democracy.
“The chilling effect of this deal could be enormous as the Government is already wary of legislating strongly for climate action for fear of being held up in court. CETA will reduce the Government’s capacity for stronger decision-making, which is what we need in our fight against climate change.
“If companies can sue the Irish Government for compensation, not only will the taxpayer be out of pocket, but our ability to mitigate climate change and protect our biodiversity will be diminished. We cannot afford for that to happen.”
From top: Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman in the Dáil last Thursday; Cork City Councillor Lorna Bogue
Cork’s Echo reports that Cork City councillor Lorna Bogue has resigned from the Green Party.
“I did so because it became very clear to me that the leadership of the Green Party lacks the competence to make a substantive difference to the way that the Irish State treats its most mistreated groups – as evinced by the handling of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission Bill,” her resignation statement began.
Ms Bogue said that whilst she believed the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman was “coming from a well-intentioned position” she disagreed with how the matter was handled.
“I cannot say to my constituents in Cork City South East, who live in the shadow of Bessborough Mother and Baby Home, that the Green Party engaged on this issue with a full understanding of its seriousness, nor with the close attention and careful handling that it deserves,” she said.