Eamon Ryan selected to contest the Dublin Bay South constituency
Party Leader Eamon Ryan has been selected to contest the Dublin Bay South constituency in the upcoming General Election. Ryan is a former Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and served as a TD for the old Dublin South constituency from 2002 to 2011, and as a Dublin City Councillor for the Rathmines Ward from 1998 to 2002. He has led the Green Party since 2011.
Ryan said: “It is an honour to be selected to stand for our party in Dublin Bay South. I am looking forward to being part of the team of candidates who will be running across the country, seeking to return a Green voice to Dáil Éireann. We have a proud record of serving the Irish people at every level of Irish politics and a tradition of ‘thinking globally and acting locally’. That perspective has been missing from our parliament for the last four years.
“It’s clear that the coming election will see a huge upheaval in Irish politics. Fine Gael and Labour have implemented the four year plan they inherited but lack a long-term vision for where we go from here. They are still wedded to an out-of-date economic ideology that relies on unregulated markets to deliver their policy goals. The opposition have protested about the impacts of the financial crash, but they are weak when it comes to proposing viable alternatives.
“We believe an alternative economic model is starting to emerge which can deliver a secure and socially just future for everyone. It takes a more collaborative approach, relying on social enterprise and care for our environment, not sole reliance on the profit motive. New technology is driving a digital and clean energy revolution which will bring communities closer together and deliver the social revolution people clearly want.
“Getting the governance right requires good politics, and we look forward to presenting our vision of how politics itself needs to change. I am stepping into the footsteps of John Gormley who has been a fantastic representative of this area for years. We have councillors on the ground who are starting to change the very fabric of how the city works for the better, and we have a talented and experienced team of volunteers and a whole new generation of young people coming into Green politics to help us. We look forward to the election campaign.”