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Martin's backers most vocal - but silent majority may help leader

Cormac McQuinn



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 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with deputy leader Catherine Martin 
Photo: Tom Burke

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with deputy leader Catherine Martin Photo: Tom Burke

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with deputy leader Catherine Martin Photo: Tom Burke

The Green Party's somewhat ill-timed leadership battle was sparked after a group of councillors wrote to Catherine Martin urging her to challenge Eamon Ryan for the top job. The four Cork-based councillors said the party needs a new leader that will "fight for all of our futures".

After two weeks thinking about it, Ms Martin decided to take on Mr Ryan.

It came even as government formation talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael approached a crucial phase - much to the disbelief of those across the table.