Friday 22 May 2015

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

green party, leaflets

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.

Friday 22 May 2015

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


Image: Yes Equality

Are you on the Register of Electors?
You can check at 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


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.”

DBS Greens – January 2015 update

Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022DublinCityDevelopmentPlan

The Dublin City Development Plan is one of the most significant plans that will effect the lives of Dubliners in the next seven years.  The Green Party has a record of taking urban planning seriously and fighting against the short term vision that has blighted our city and country for so many years.  The three Green Party councillors elected to Dublin City Council will be working hard to influence the plan to ensure that it sets out a sustainable vision for the city that priorities citizens and not just big business. The initial period of consultation for the issues that will inform the plan closed on 14 January but public consultation will open again when the draft plan is published later in 2015.   You can read more at

Boland’s Mills

Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne passed a motion at the South East Area Committee of Dublin City Council to reject the Boland’s Mill proposal on grounds that it lacks sufficient housing, vision & creativity.

Dublin City Council – South East Area

The South East Area of Dublin City Council covers medieval core of Dublin, the City’s premier shopping district, the cultural quarter of Temple Bar, Inner City commercial and residential districts and suburban villages such as Ringsend, Irishtown, Sandymount, Ranelagh, Rathmines, Terenure and Rathgar.

You can read about various plans for the South East Area on the Dublin City Council’s website including the following:

Plans for Dodder GreenwayCity-section-of-Dodder-Greenway

Dublin City Council is working on plans for a greenway between the Docklands and Milltown.  Cian Ginty’s website has a wealth of excellent information on the propose plans, which you can read, here, here and here.  Cllrs Claire Byrne and Patrick Costello will be monitoring developments closely via the South East Area Committee of Dublin City Council.


Cycling in Dublin DublinBikes

Check out this infographic on the growth of cycling in Dublin.  No doubt the roll-out of DublinBikes has contributed to this growth and the work of organisations such as the Dublin Cycling Campaign and not forgetting the introduction of the Cycle to Work scheme by the Green Party.  In recent news a contraflow cycle lane has been introduced on Camden Street as part of the temporary road traffic changes being made as a result of the Luas Cross City works

Cllr Byrne calls for reform of GNIB application process

GNIBDaily queues a source of national embarrassment

The Green Party has today stated its support for a campaign to reform the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) service, as the farce of people queuing all night for simple administrative documents worsens. The Party’s representative for Pembroke-South Dock, Cllr Claire Byrne, has said that the current situation is quickly  becoming a source of national embarrassment.

Speaking today, Cllr Byrne said: “The nightly queues stretched around Burgh Quay are a national embarrassment, and I’m calling on the Garda National Immigration Bureau to find a solution to this problem. It is unacceptable that people are forced to queue up outside in the cold for twelve hours or more due to a lack of effort on the part of authorities to reform the system.

“There are pregnant women, mothers and fathers with their babies, children and old people waiting on the streets for hours in the cold. It is degrading and humiliating, and the level of inaction on this issue is unforgivable.

“The proposal to create an online appointment system is common sense one and there is no reason it couldn’t be implemented quickly and securely. The weather is rapidly deteriorating and we can’t wait until someone has an accident before something is done.”


DBS Greens – November update

Irish Water / Uisce EireannIrish Water

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan delivered the Our Water petition to Leinster House.  The petition requests a referendum to ensure that Irish Water is always kept in private ownership.  You can sign the petition here. In addition the Green Party is seeking:

  •  a refundable tax credit introduced to help cover the cost of water bills
  • a restructuring of Irish Water so that the company only covers metering and billing, with service provision devolved to regional bodies
  • an individual allowance to cover basic needs, as opposed to a household allowance
  • and real financial support for home conservation schemes.

GF_SERINDGreen Foundation – Rebuilding Communities through sustainable jobs

Green Foundation Ireland is holding a seminar on Saturday 15 November from 9:30am to 4:30pm at DIT Bolton Street.  The Dublin SERIND Seminar will address this by examining the trends in the manufacturing and the supply of goods and services from a sustainable ecological standpoint like 3D Printers, Leasing vs Owning, Repair Cafés and social enterprises like the Ballymun Rediscovery Centre.  Read more here about the seminar here.

Incineration protestStopIncinerator

The Stop the Poolbeg Incinerator campaign on Facebook is organising a protest on Thursday 13 November at the Point Depot roundabout from 5pm to 7pm.  You can read more about it here.

Dublin Cycling Campaign – Bike Theft Survey

Bike theft is a big and growing problem in Dublin. While only 4,500 bikes were reported stolen in Dublin in 2013 there is a problem with under-reporting problem and the Dublin Cycling Campaign estimate that the real figure was around 20,000. The information you will provide in this survey will be invaluable in helping the Dubiln Cycling Campagin design a plan, in conjunction with the Gardai, City Council, City Planners & bike trade, to tackle the problem.  You can fill out the survey here.

DBS Greens update – September 2014


Green Party Councillors elected to Dublin City Council

Since our last update we’ve had great success in Dublin Bay South with our two candidates elected.  A big thanks goes out to all those who voted for Patrick Costello and Claire Byrne.  There are now have three Green Party representatives on Dublin City Council including Ciarán Cuffe in Dublin North Inner City.  Patrick has been appointed to the Housing and Protocol Committees and Claire will sit on the Arts, Culture, Leisure and Community Committee and the Environment Committee. Ciarán Cuffe has been appointed Chair of the Transport Committee.  To contact Patrick please email and you can contact Claire at

From Canal Bank to West Bank

WestBank2Patrick Costello, recently elected to Dublin City Council in Rathgar – Rathmines, has travelled to the West Bank to act as a human rights observer in the occupied Palestinian territories between August and October 2014.

The placement, arranged before his election result, will see Patrick volunteer as an “Ecumenical Accompanier”, travelling with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). Patrick will continue to serve his constituents from the West Bank, and remains available by email and phone to deal with queries and his constituent’s difficulties. Patrick stated: “Given the worsening humanitarian crisis in occupied Palestine, I felt that it was important now more than ever to follow through on the arrangements instead of withdrawing.”  You can read more about Patrick’s experience at

DODDER HERITAGE DAY, SEPTEMBER 13th – Meet Rathfarnham Bridge, 2.30 pm

DodderThis is a fund-raising event for Dodder Action (see facebook and which asks for donations of E5 per adult for the walk or E10 with barbecue.

Dodder Action hosts historian Rob Goodbody’s amble along the River Dodder from Rathfarnham Bridge to the Packhorse Bridge, chatting about the river’s amazing industrial history and pointing out the remains of its mills and weirs.  He will be joined at Packhorse by ecologist Tim Clabon who has recently conducted an otter survey and will tell us about the wildlife along the river.  Barbecue to follow on riverbank!

Let’s get the Green vote out…!

cosi               Cbyrne

There are only a few days left to election day.

Please remind everyone you know who is interested in green issues that they need to vote for the local and European candidates who most reflect their views.  You can find a full list of Green Party candidates here.

If you live in Dublin, please remember to support Eamon Ryan for MEP, in South Grace O’Sullivan, in Midlands North-West Mark Deary and in Northern Ireland Ross Brown.

If you live in either of the local election wards in Dublin Bay South (Pembroke South-Dock or Rathgar-Rathmines) then your local candidates are Claire Byrne and Patrick Costello.  Both candidates have a great chance of getting elected but they need people like you to vote for them.  Please make sure to support them on election day and please encourage anyone you know to vote for them.



Claire Byrne – Campaign launch and fundraiser – Thursday 8 May

Claire Byrne’s Election Campaign Launch and Fundraiser will be held at 7pm in McGrattan’s, 76 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin 2.  See invite below for details.

In other news, both our candidates in Dublin Bay South – Patrick Costello (Rathgar/Rathmines) and Claire Byrne (Pembroke-South Dock) are busy canvassing their areas – if you would like to help out with canvassing and/or leafleting please contact or

Campaign Launch Invite 2014

Claire Byrne selected as local candidate for Pembroke-South Dock



I am the local election candidate for The Green Party in Pembroke – South Dock.

I have been living and working in this area for over ten years and have a particular interest in the community as a result. Currently I work as an Environmental Education Specialist with a local company called Real Nation, developing education programmes for schools nationwide. I also work for The Body&Soul Festival as their Sustainability Manager and with an events collective, producing pop-up cultural events across the city.

My experience in politics stems from six years working with Eamon Ryan, former Green Party TD and Minister, and your European Election Candidate 2014. During this time I managed the local constituency and represented Eamon in both Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and South Dublin County Councils.

I am running in the local elections because I strongly believe that local politics matters. I want to bring my experience at both a local and a national level to Dublin City Council, to create positive change based on your needs as a member of the local community.

I want to be part of a City Council that values the future of its citizens by putting economic, social, political and environmental sustainability at the heart of the decision making process. I firmly believe only a green voice will deliver this.

Therefore I am asking for your number 1 vote on May 23rd.

I’m looking forward to meeting you in the coming weeks. In the meantime please feel free to contact me as I am interested in your questions, thoughts and ideas.

Thank you.

If elected as your councillor, I will focus on the following areas:

Economy: providing substantial support for local, social, creative and green enterprise to create jobs, and to ensure progressive and accountable management of the city’s finances and local taxes.

Politics: promising clean, transparent, honest, democratic and effective local politics.

Planning: voting for proper planning that defends the interests of local residents, delivers well planned private and social housing and encourages creative use of vacant space

Arts: supporting the artistic community with a more focused appreciation and recognition of the city’s creative culture.

Environment: delivering responsible management of the city’s resources to maintain a healthy, clean city and protect us from the challenges of climate change.

Transport: providing better facilities for drivers, pedestrians, public transport users and cyclists.

Society: ensuring equal distribution of the city’s finances, promoting equality, supporting and strengthening local communities and encouraging civic pride in our city.

Please feel free to contact me as I am interested in your questions, thoughts and ideas.