Monday 20 November 2017

Ryan quiet on his chances of Green leadership

Aine Kerr

GREEN Party leadership favourite Eamon Ryan was keeping his cards close to his chest last night on whether he will make a bid to take over the obliterated party.

The former Energy Minister declined to comment on the leadership debate ahead of a special party conference this Saturday.

Party sources say it could be May or June before someone is appointed to take over from ex-Environment Minister John Gormley.

Mr Ryan is now billed as the favourite to succeed Mr Gormley and begin rebuilding the party. The Greens will hold a conference this weekend to discuss the election results and its future role in politics.

The party now has no TDs, just three county councillors and is unlikely to have any senators after the Seanad elections.

The only other name mentioned in relation to the leadership bid is Senator Dan Boyle.

He last night confirmed he will contest the Seanad elections after he secured four signatures of support, including one from Independent TD Catherine Murphy.

But he admitted his chances of securing a Green Party seat in the Seanad were "very remote".

He also dismissed suggestions -- from some optimistic members of the party -- that a shock win would leave him best positioned to contest the leadership.

"The two aren't linked at all," he said. "The type of leadership we will have in future, all those issues will take several months," he added.

Irish Independent

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