SEANAD ELECTION 2016

GRACE O’SULLIVAN has made history by becoming the first Green Senator elected through the Vocational Panel system. Previous Green Party Senators have all come through Taoiseach’s nominees or by-elections. She was elected to the Agricultural Panel of the 25th Seanad.

Senator Grace O’Sullivan now joins Eamon Ryan (TD for Dublin Bay South) and Catherine Martin (TD for Dublin Rathdown) in Leinster House.

You have a strong Green voice in both Houses of the Oireachtas, which is important now more than ever.

Catherine, Eamon and Grace

Your GREEN TEAM in the Oireachtas!
left to right:
Catherine Martin TD,   Eamon Ryan TD,   Senator Grace O’Sullivan

SEANAD ELECTIONS: TCD Panel
Please return your ballot before
11:00am, Tuesday 26 April 2016

Two members of the Green Party are running on the Trinity College panel in the current election for Seanad Éireann. ED DAVITT (who was an active member of the Dublin Bay South Greens before moving abroad) and WILLIAM PRIESTLEY are running as independents (party affiliation is not permitted for these elections) for two of the three available seats.

Ed DavittED DAVITT is a Brussels-based Irish emigrant, who has worked for the Irish and European Green Parties, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and other environmental organisations. He studied History and European Politics and has been living in Belgium for the past four years. Since leaving Ireland he has stayed engaged and active in Irish politics, recently returning to help out with the marriage equality referendum and Eamon Ryan’s election campaign. He is standing together with Barry Johnston on the NUI panel on the Emigrant Manifesto, aiming to address the disenfranchisement and other issues that those that have left Ireland recently face. He also wants to be a voice for the environment and European affairs in the upper house. You can see his full platform here.

william-priestley-portraitWILLIAM PRIESTLEY studied European Studies in Trinity College, and was elected President of the Student Union in 2002. In 2003, he was elected President of the Union of Students in Ireland where he campaigned for greater access to third level opportunities and financial supports for disadvantaged students. He currently directs youth services in one of Limerick City’s most marginalised communities. He has dedicated his career to tackling disadvantage and inequality in the Irish education system and wider society. He is focusing his campaign on educational access issues and green innovation, and you can read his full platform here.

Ballots for the election were recently dispatched to registered Trinity graduates, and voters will have until 11:00am on TUESDAY 26 APRIL 2016 to return them.

We hope you’ll lend these candidates what support you can
and, if you can’t vote yourself, that you’ll get in touch with those that can!

You can support the candidates at their Twitter, Facebook and Web Pages:

ED DAVITT: Twitter, Facebook, Twibbon, Website, Donate.
WILLIAM PRIESTLEY: Twitter, Facebook, Website, Donate.

Your Green Voice is
back in the Dáil!

EAMON RYAN – first to be elected TD in Dublin Bay South

Eamon and Catherine

Thank you all for your support over the past few years. You voted for practical solutions to the challenges we face, positive politics and policies for the next generation. You sent a strong message demanding action on climate change
and social justice. This is your win. You did this.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh!   BÍGÍ LINN!

“But of them all, the story that spells hope for a civil politics is the extraordinary resilience and revival of Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, apparently wiped out by Fianna Fáil, now back in the 32nd Dáil with his polite, likeable politics of consensus and sustainability, the first to be elected in his constituency.”
– Kathy Sheridan, The Irish Times, Mon 29 Feb 2016

Vote Number 1 for EAMON RYAN
Friday 26 February 2016
7:00am to 10:00pm

THINK AHEAD, ACT NOW – put a Green voice back in the Dáil

A number 1 vote for the Greens is a vote for a fairer society.
Social justice and environmental responsibility go hand in hand. – Eamon Ryan

 
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READ the Green Party General Election Manifesto 2016
 
 
Photo credit: Photocall / RollingNews.ie

 
 
According to Dr. Cara Augustenborg’s analysis in The Irish Independent on Friday
19 February 2016, this election is make or break for the Green Party. Cara is an environmental scientist, a climate change lecturer at UCD, and an activist based in Ireland.

GENERAL ELECTION
Friday 26 February 2016
7:00am to 10:00pm

A number 1 vote for the Greens is a vote for a fairer society.
Social justice and environmental responsibility go hand in hand. – Eamon Ryan

 
vote.....Now that the General Election has been confirmed for Friday 26 February 2016, the deadline to have a name added to the Supplementary Voting Register is next Tuesday 9 February 2016. A person needs to be 18 years of age on or before Friday 26 February 2016 for inclusion in the Register.

As mistakes have been made in the past and names have been accidentally removed from the Election Register, please take two minutes to check the register for your own name and your family members whilst there is still time to make corrections.

Are you on the Register of Electors?
You can check at www.checktheregister.ie. If not, there is still time to apply for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register in order to vote at the elections.

For inclusion in this Supplement, application forms will need to be received by the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, not later than Tuesday 9 February 2016.

For those seeking inclusion in the supplement to the postal and special voters lists, the application forms will need to be received by the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, not later than Friday 5 February 2016.

All application forms are available for downloading here
If you have any problems, the telephone number of the Franchise Section
of Dublin City Council is 222 5010

Who has the right to vote?
Every person who is an Irish or British citizen and is included in the Register of Electors is entitled to vote at the General Election.

Vote Number 1 for EAMON RYAN on Friday 26 February 2016

Think Ahead, Act now

Are you registered to vote?

RegisterThe next General Election must take place before
8 April 2016 – are you registered to vote?

The Draft Register of Electors is published on 1 November each year and electors have until Wednesday 25 November 2015 to make any amendments to their registration details (e.g. change of address).

One of the easiest ways of checking if you are registered to vote is to do so on line – go to www.checktheregister.ie, click on “Leinster” as your province, followed by “Dublin City Council” as your local authority, and then enter your details. If you have any problems, the telephone number of the Franchise Section of Dublin City Council is 222 5010.

If you have recently moved, you can notify the Franchise Section of Dublin City Council so that the Supplementary Register can reflect your new address. You have to fill in a Change of Address (RFA 3) form which, after being completed, must be witnessed by a member of the Garda Síochána. The form can then be sent to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

All forms are available for downloading here.

Further information is available from Dublin City Council.

Eamon Ryan launches
Dublin Bay South
election campaign

Eamon Ryan at Green Party Convention 2014Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party, launched his bid to take a seat in the upcoming general election. Running in Dublin Bay South, the former Minister for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources stressed the huge contribution green politics can make in the next Dáil.

He criticised the Government’s return to boom and bust economics, and called for a fundamental shift in the economic and political order.

“We need our economy to be both competitive and collaborative if we are to address the inequality and insecurity we face. Our society must prepare for the long term changes and challenges that are taking place in the world. Economic growth should not be an end in itself. Rather, it must work towards creating a fair, sustainable, and just society.

“We are delivering national policy that has a real effect locally. Policy that will deliver practical solutions in housing, transport, energy, food, and waste management, and improve the quality of all of our lives.

“Policies like public banking, which removes profit from the lending equation, and instead provides a social dividend to local communities, or our vision for a revamped Irish Water, which puts conservation, fairness, and investment at the heart of the utility, and repealing the 8th amendment, an amendment which has proven to be disaster for Irish families, will all have a real, positive affect on our society.

“Our task is making these changes a reality from the bottom up, and bring a peaceful, democratic and practical revolution to Ireland. I hope the public will join us on this grassroots campaign, as we look to return a team of Green voices to the Dáil.”

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE
ON REFERENDUM DAY
Friday 22 May 2015

Referendum Day is Friday 22 May 2015 and polling will be between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.

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The outcome will be very tight, so it’s important
you make your voice heard by voting YES on Referendum Day
and ensure your friends and family to do the same.

REFERENDUM DAY
Friday 22 May 2015

Referendum Day is Friday 22 May 2015 and polling will be between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.

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Image: Yes Equality

Are you on the Register of Electors?
You can check at www.checktheregister.ie. If not, there is still time to apply for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register in order to vote at the elections. To do this, you’ll need to download, print and fill out a Form RFA2. You must take the form to your local Garda Station (make sure to bring ID!) for authorisation before sending the completed form to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The application form needs to be received by them not later than Tuesday 5 May 2015.

If you have any problems, the telephone number of the Franchise Section
of Dublin City Council is 222 5010

Who has the right to vote?
You can vote on Referendum Day if:
    –  you are over 18 on or before polling day; and
    –  you are an Irish citizen; and
    –  you are on the Register of Electors, including the Supplement to the Register; and
    –  you are living in Ireland (or have emigrated within the last 18 months).

Eamon Ryan selected to contest the Dublin Bay South constituency

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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.”