ENVIRONMENTALIST and broadcaster Duncan Stewart, pictured, has decided against running in next month's European elections.
Instead, he has thrown his weight behind the Green Party's candidate in Ireland South.
There has been speculation in recent weeks that the outspoken architect may run as an independent candidate for the European Parliament and he acknowledged he was considering such a move.
However, he confirmed yesterday that he has decided he will not be going into politics.
As he would have been running in the South constituency, he decided not to risk splitting the environmental vote with the Green Party's candidate, Tramore-based Grace O'Sullivan.
Mr Stewart said he would continue highlighting "important environmental concerns for humanity" but from a non-political stance. "I considered my position very carefully. Ultimately, for me, it is about the Green message ... For both myself and Grace, this was never about personal gain or profile, it is about highlighting and taking action on the huge inequalities in this society."
He described Grace O'Sullivan as "the woman for the job".