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Ryan shows an edge in first Green leadership debate

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan (Caroline Quinn/PA)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan (Caroline Quinn/PA)

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan (Caroline Quinn/PA)

The Green Party is in Government after a huge members' debate - but its internal battles are still not quite done.

Last night leadership contenders and fellow government ministers Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin faced each other in the first of four leadership election debates before a members' vote later this month. The online debate was remarkably friendly and included questions from members in the Ireland South European Parliament constituency.

Party members voted 3:1 on June 26 in favour of coalition with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. But a leadership contest must still by rule happen within six months of the February 8 general election and results are due on July 23.