Green Party

  • The Green Party is putting three candidates forward for the upcoming European elections on May 24th.

    The party is launching its campaign later today.

    Councillor Ciarán Cuffe is contesting Dublin, Senator Grace O'Sullivan is standing in Ireland South and newcomer, Saoirse McHugh, is seeking election in Midlands North West.

    Saoirse, who's from Achill Island, is passionate about the environment and the dangers of climate change.

    The 28-year old says there are a number of key issues facing the Midlands North West constituency - including Brexit and rural decline.

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    Climate change has been put firmly on the agenda for next week's local and European elections.

    Two political opinion polls out today show a significant bounce for the Green party - which is up four points in both.

    The polls also show there's very little difference in current levels of support for Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

    These results will make lively reading for political leaders heading into local and European elections on Friday.

    A Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes poll of 954 voters between May 2nd and 14th puts Fine Gael and Fianna Fail level on 28 per cent - while a Red C poll of 2000 adults for the Sunday Business Post between Mayo 6th and 16th puts Fianna Fail just 4 points behind. 

  • Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, says his comments about car-sharing in rural Ireland have been misrepresented.

     

    In a TV show appearance, he said he was in favour of small towns or villages pooling their transport needs.

     

    However, critics say rural communities rely on their cars because they have no alternative options.

     

    Eamon Ryan says he was merely highlighting the options for a town or village with about 400 or 500 cars.

  • The Green Party's gaining ground after its strong result in the local and European elections.

    The latest Sunday Times/ Behaviour & Attitudes June Poll out today, shows the Greens are up 6 points to 11 per cent.

    It's bad news for Fine Gael, which has seen its support fall by 5 points to 23 per cent, while Fianna Fail's more popular with no change on 28 per cent.

    Not a great result either for Sinn Fein who are down 7 points to 12, while Labour's risen by a point to 5 per cent.

    900 eligible Irish voters aged 18 and took part in the survey, which was carried out from the 31st of May to the 11th of June.

     

     

     

     

  • The Green Party's selected Saoirse McHugh to contest the upcoming European Parliament elections in the Midlands-North-West constituency.

    The 28 year old from Achill Island in County Mayo is an environmentalist and  has worked on various agricultural projects throughout Central America and with the Irish Seed Savers Association in Co. Clare.

    Party leader Eamon Ryan says she will make an impressive advocate for the kind of future planning the people of Midlands-North-West need to be part of, at a European level.

     

  • The latest political opinion poll brings good news for Fine Gael.

    The Red C Sunday Business Post poll shows the Government party ahead on 33 percent with Fianna Fail 9 points behind on 24.

    Sinn Fein's up 2 points to 16 percent.

    Renua and Solidarity PBP are both up 1 to 2 percent.

    The Independent Alliance drop to just 1 percent with Independents overall on 11.

    Labour's unchanged on 6 percent - the Green Party and Social Democrats are unchanged on 2 percent.

  • Sinn Fein's popularity has plummeted by five points according to a new opinion poll.

    It now leaves them 18 per cent behind leaders Fine Gael.

    After a promising surge in last month's poll, things seem to have changed dramatically for Sinn Fein.

    The latest Red C opinion poll for the Sunday Business Post has them at 13 per cent - a decrease of five points.

    It comes a fortnight after party leader Mary Lou McDonald posed behind a controversial banner reading "England get out of Ireland" at the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York.

    Meanwhile, support for Fine Gael is unchanged at 31 per cent, while Fianna Fáil are on 25, up one point.

    The Social Democrats, the Independent Alliance and the Green Party all sit on 3 per cent, with Solidarity-People Before Profit on two.

    The Independents and Labour are unchanged on 15 and 5 per cent respectively, while Renua and Peadar Tóibín's new party Aontú are on less than 1 per cent.