Teacher Catherine is Greens' new deputy leader
FORMER Monaghan councillor Catherine Martin was elected as the Green Party's new deputy leader at the weekend.
The secondary school teacher was one of three candidates for the post.
At the Green Party Convention, she defeated former senator Mark Dearey and Northern Ireland green activist John Barry.
The result of a complicated 'preferendum' election process saw Ms Martin get 520 points, Mr Dearey 400 points and Mr Barry 335 points.
Ms Martin, a mother of three, was a member of Carrickmacross Town Council for just over a year.
She said those who had written off the Greens were eventually going to be proved wrong.
"This is the liveliest, most enthusiastic group of extinct people I know," she added.