Still room for rebels as party starts over
Published 28/03/2011 | 05:00
GREEN Party rebels who resigned in protest over the deal with Fianna Fail have been called back to the nest.
Ever since a deal was struck between the Greens and Fianna Fail in 2007, membership numbers have dropped and some high-profile personalities have broken away.
But senator Mark Dearey said such people may now begin to see there was still a "home" for them in the Greens.
He said that the party could now be "more community based and become that radical campaigning party we once were".
Some high-profile exits since 2007 included: Dr Edward Horgan; former MEP Patricia McKenna; former Dublin City councillor Bronwen Maher; and former Cork City councillor Chris O'Leary, who is now a Sinn Fein councillor.
The Donegal Greens broke away from the Green Party and set up an independent branch.
Green Party member and former town councillor Catherine Murphy said it was time to regain supporters that were lost over the past number of years, and to also harness "more friendships and new friendships".
She said the "black day" for the Greens was February 26 -- the general election count day.
The party now has some 1,600 members, having once had 3,000 members.