Sunday 4 December 2016

Green Party's Eamon Ryan: Last night's leaders debate 'failed to inspire'

Barry Lennon

Published 24/02/2016 | 13:20

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan holding the Green Party Manifesto at its launch. Photo: Photocall / RollingNews.ie
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan holding the Green Party Manifesto at its launch. Photo: Photocall / RollingNews.ie

THE Green Party's Eamon Ryan critised the leaders debate on RTE, saying it “failed to inspire” last night.

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Mr Ryan said that he wouldn't “dis” another party but slammed the Government's environmental plans, saying it had “no ambition.”

The Dublin South candidate was part of 2007-11 Coalition that introduced plans for Metro North and criticised Fine Gael and Labour for shelving it.

“They killed a project that was ready to go,” the party leader said at the last Green press conference before the General Election.

Mr Ryan added that his party were not the only ones that can “own” the climate change issue.

“I could scare the living daylights out of people about what's happening in the Arctic, but I'm not going to.”

He admitted the party would be “terribly disappointed” if it failed to win a seat when voters go to the polls on Friday, adding "we've done our best.”

“Gone are the days that people are saying 'look at those Greens wearing sandals.' This is what people who are investing ahead want to do.”

“The world has gone green.”

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