Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ryan the clear favourite to lead Greens

Fionnan Sheahan

FORMER Energy Minister Eamon Ryan is the clear favourite to become the new Green Party leader -- if he wants the job.

His former cabinet colleague and ex-Environment Minister John Gormley is to resign after leading the party to a wipeout in the 2011 General Election.

Outgoing party senator Dan Boyle is not ruling out contesting the position.

The obliterated party will hold a conference next 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.

Mr Ryan previously admitted he would be interested in being leader of the Greens. Party sources say it's down to whether he now wants to take over the role as the party faces into a massive rebuilding exercise.

Mr Gormley wrote to party members this weekend signalling his intention to resign as leader. He will stay on in an interim capacity until May, when a leadership election will be held.

Mr Boyle said yesterday it would be important to "bring new people forward" but he didn't rule out running for the leadership.

"It's not about personalities and it's not about positions," he said. "It's too early to say what type of positions will exist."

The senator also said he was considering whether to run in the Seanad elections. The deadline for nominations is today.

Irish Independent

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