Greens leader Ryan launches new Dáil bid
Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, has launched his bid to return to Dáil politics in the upcoming general election.
The former Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources Minister is standing in the newly-created four-seat Dublin Bay South, where he has a fighting chance of being elected despite an already crowded field of heavy-hitters.
At his campaign launch last night he said "green politics" can make a huge contribution to driving Ireland's continued economic recovery.
Mr Ryan said the focus has to be on developing housing, transport, waste management, energy and food production in a sustainable way to also generate jobs. He criticised what he said was the Government's return to "boom and bust economics", and called for more social developments.
Other contenders in Dublin Bay South include sitting TDs Lucinda Creighton, the leader of Renua Ireland; Eoghan Murphy of Fine Gael and Junior Minister Kevin Humphreys of Labour.
They will be joined by barrister and Dublin city councillor Jim O'Callaghan of Fianna Fáil; former TD Chris Andrews of Sinn Féin; and Cllr Kate O'Connell of Fine Gael.
Eamon Ryan was twice elected to the Dáil for Dublin South in 2002 and 2007.
He and his five Green Party Dáil colleagues all lost their seats in the 2011 general election as part of the outgoing coalition government.