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Green split threatens Ryan leadership as coalition rejects his 'core' policies

FG junior ministers agree 'unanimously' that 7pc emissions reduction not achievable in agri sector

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DIFFICULT PROCESS: Green Party TDs Malcolm Noonan, party leader Eamon Ryan and Roderic O’Gorman outside Leinster House. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

DIFFICULT PROCESS: Green Party TDs Malcolm Noonan, party leader Eamon Ryan and Roderic O’Gorman outside Leinster House. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

DIFFICULT PROCESS: Green Party TDs Malcolm Noonan, party leader Eamon Ryan and Roderic O’Gorman outside Leinster House. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A split in the Green Party over whether to enter coalition talks with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael is threatening efforts to form a new government and Eamon Ryan's leadership.

There is also growing anger in Fine Gael and Fianna Fail this weekend over the Greens' procrastination. Fine Gael ministers have slammed the Greens' climate demands, while a group of Fianna Fail senators have attacked the Greens' housing policies.

Mr Ryan is coming under pressure from deputy leader Catherine Martin whose attack on Fine Gael over its failure to commit to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 7pc per year is seen within the Green Party as evidence of an effort to undermine Mr Ryan, who wants to enter government talks with the Civil War parties.