Councillor kick-starts leadership battle
ONE of the Green Party's three remaining councillors has put his name forward for the leadership contest.
The party, which lost all six of its Dail seats in the general election, will hold its first post-election meeting today in Dublin as it tries to map out its future; and Malcolm Noonan is the first contender to throw his hat into the leadership ring.
Meanwhile, more prominent Greens such as former energy minister Eamon Ryan and Senator Dan Boyle have yet to signal their intentions.
The leadership issue will not be dealt with until May or June, leaving today's meeting to focus on how the party can start rebuilding towards the local elections in 2014.
Mr Noonan conceded the challenges ahead for the party were "enormous".
However, the Kilkenny-based councillor, added that the party "still has a very strong message".
"It has a role in Irish politics," he said.