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Resignation: Tara Gilsenan said the views of some were being ignored

Resignation: Tara Gilsenan said the views of some were being ignored

Resignation: Tara Gilsenan said the views of some were being ignored

The Green Party has been hit by two more resignations in a row over alleged lack of ­progress in Coalition.

The head of the Young Greens, Tara Gilsenan, and the leader of the gay organisation affiliated with the party, Tiernan Mason of the Queer Greens, issued a joint letter on social media announcing their decision.

Ms Gilsenan said the pair felt they had no alternative as their views were being ignored by the party's leadership. "We just were not being listened to. We were trying to reflect our views but we realised there was absolutely no way anyone was going to take our opinions on board," she told the Irish Independent. The pair also alleged they were bullied by elements within the party. The Green Party's press officer did not return calls or contacts to the Irish Independent.

The pair's resignation took immediate effect and did not leave much hope for reconciliation. "We had hoped that we could fight to make a difference and to hold the Green Party to account, but in our short time as chairpersons, we have realised that our efforts have been in vain and that the concerns we have raised have been going unheeded," they wrote. "To that end, we feel that we are no longer able to represent these affiliate groups of the Green Party.

"While we understand the constraints that come with being the smallest party in a coalition, we have found ourselves dismayed to see our elected representatives vote against party policy, even outside the constraints of the Programme for Government, again and again."

Ms Gilsenan and Mr Mason also singled out the party's vote last July in support of allowing evictions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They said they also objected to the move by the party's Children's Minister, Roderic O'Gorman, to "seal" mother and baby home documents.

Last night President Michael D Higgins confirmed he had signed that bill into law. He noted "important concerns" had been raised in the discussion on the bill "which are serious and must be addressed".

He said the bill did not directly raise a constitutional issue suitable for it to be referred to the Supreme Court.

Ms Gilsenan and Mr Mason also dismissed the Climate Change Bill as "lacklustre".

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When this draft law was published on October 7 it was hailed by Green Party TD Brian Leddin as a comprehensive implementation of the recommendations by the ­Citizens' Assembly.


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