Tuesday 24 October 2017

Sargent gets standing ovation

FORMER junior minister Trevor Sargent got a standing ovation when he appeared before party members for the first time since dramatically resigning.

Mr Sargent drew a prolonged round of applause from more than 300 party members when he addressed the Green Party conference on Saturday morning. He was also given a standing ovation when the party leader, John Gormley, mentioned him in his leader's address on Saturday night.

Metro North is given Green light

Green Party members voted against a motion calling for the cancellation of the Metro North project in favour of enhancing the country's bus service.

The party's Oireachtas group put forward an amended motion in favour of continued funding for an integrated transport network, including the Metro North Project. The Green Party delegates also voted overwhelmingly in favour of setting a deadline of early next year to introduce a ban on corporate donations.

Public switches off for Earth Hour

MORE than 85pc of political nerds decided to turn off their television rather than watch Green Party leader John Gormley's keynote speech during Earth Hour on Saturday.

An online poll by Politics.ie saw 85.21pc of respondents vote to turn their television set off at 8.30pm. Mr Gormley had appealed to people to turn off their lights and not their televisions -- thereby sitting in the dark to watch his 30-minute address.

'O'Broccoli' takes health seriously

NEW Green Senator Niall O Brolchain -- nicknamed O'Broccoli -- certainly has a gruelling gym regime. The former Mayor of Galway was going through his paces at the Tower Hotel gym before Party Leader John Gormley's speech on Saturday night.

The tough fitness regime consisted of around two minutes each on the treadmill, bike and rowing machine.

Irish Independent

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