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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

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

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

Deputy Leader of the Green Party Catherine Martin

Deputy Leader of the Green Party Catherine Martin

Leader of the Greens, Eamon Ryan TD

Leader of the Greens, Eamon Ryan TD

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

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.

On one side, there is party leader Eamon Ryan, who over the past decade led his party from the brink of oblivion, with just three local councillors in 2011, to a record strength of 12 TDs and four senators and an influential presence in government once again.


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