Greens at war: By-election bust-up exposes great divide in Green Party

The clash between the party’s pragmatists and radicals has been reopened by Hazel Chu’s solo run for the Seanad, writes John Downing

Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu pictured in the centre of Dublin City. Photograph by Gerry Mooney

John Downing

Suddenly the Greens — long caricatured as the party of bikes, bogs and bunnies — are a family at war. The deeply personalised conflicts are being played out in full public glare and efforts to broker peace appear doomed.