The Greens need to shout about what they have achieved so far – or suffer the fate of other small parties

Neasa Hourigan and her leader Eamon Ryan. Photo: Sam Boal/

John Downing

Politics is “míle murder” for all small parties in Ireland. When their activists and supporters actually believe in something well articulated – other than a catch-all “greater national good” – those beliefs can carry the potential seeds of their own destruction.