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# Green Party

Last month
January 2023
# Opinion Poll
Sinn Féin remain most popular party despite small drop in support as Fine Gael regain ground
The latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks poll shows the state of the parties.
Last year
2022
# PLANNING LAW REFORMS
Taoiseach says overhauling planning laws 'essential' to delivering climate and housing targets
TDs also raised concerns about the Planning and Development and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill today.
# planning overhaul
Q&A: New planning laws and the controversy over residents groups
A potential coalition clash is brewing, with a number of Green Party members uneasy with the proposed changes.
# Housing
Coalition parties may clash over planning reforms as Green ministers flag concerns at Cabinet
Green Party members have raised concerns about restricting access to justice.
# Climate Change
Student climate strikers mark four years of weekly protests outside Dáil
Climate Minister Eamon Ryan described the weekly protests as “inspirational”.
# Green Party
Ryan sets target of 10% of electorate voting Green in 2024 elections
Ryan was delivering the keynote speech at the Green Party conference in Athlone.
# coalition woes
The Green Party convention takes place in Athlone - and it has a decision to make on housing
Housing will be the main issue of the next election – the Green Party should know this.
# CETA
Divisions emerging between Govt parties over amending legislation to ratify CETA
The Supreme Court ruled that ratifying CETA currently was unconstitutional.
# rock and a hard place
Why the letters CETA now spell trouble for the Government
Today’s Supreme Court decision could bring Green unease to a head.
# Referendum
CETA: Supreme Court rules trade deal cannot be ratified by Oireachtas unless law is changed
If the legislation is amended, a referendum on the matter could be avoided.
# Political Donations
Sinn Féin receive highest amount in disclosed political donations last year
Donations made by TDs, Senators, MEPs across six political parties amounted to €193,511.
# climate protesters
Minister backtracks on comments made about climate activists throwing soup at artworks
‘I am in no way advocating that anyone follows this example,’ Minister of State Ossian Smyth has said.
# Breastfeeding
Seanad motion to call for breastfeeding lessons to be taught in Irish schools
A motion is being brought forward by Green Party senator Pauline O’Reilly in an effort to boost Ireland’s low breastfeeding rates.
# Leaders' Questions
Green Party leader accuses Sinn Féin of 'following Tory approach' with energy price cap plan
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty responded by saying that Minister Ryan is ‘in bed with the Irish Tories’.
# energy security
Development of LNG facilities among options included in report on Ireland's energy security
The options were included in a technical report on how to secure Ireland’s energy supply between now and 2030.
# windfall tax
Government to consider EU’s windfall tax plans as part of budget
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is to set out detailed plans.
# Think-In
Green Party believes being in Government is 'right thing to do for the country'
The Green Party is holding its think-in today in Co Clare as the Dáil returns from its summer recess.
# Assault
TDs call on Ministers to reverse opposition to public transport Gardaí
Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and Green Party TDs have urged ministers to reconsider their opposition to the idea.
# support drop
Support for the Government drops as Sinn Féin continue to rise in popularity
The drop in support will be concerning to Fine Gael, who fall to their lowest level of support since 1994.
# dail motion
Government wins Dáil confidence vote by margin of 85 to 66
The government motion was tabled in response to a no-confidence vote by Sinn Féin.
The Government was expected to survive the motion despite having lost its Dáil majority.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin accused Sinn Féin of cynical politics, populism and "whataboutery".
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said the Government is "out of touch, clearly out of ideas and now out of time".
Taoiseach confident government will defeat no-confidence vote tomorrow
# No-confidence vote
Sinn Féin confirm no-confidence motion will be tabled against Government
Yesterday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he would welcome the chance to prove the Government has a working majority.
# poonishment
New bill from Green Party TD would increase fine for dog fouling tenfold
Almost one in three fines over the last four years have never been paid.
# grace o'sullivan
EU plan to buy gas from Israel heavily criticised by Green MEP
Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan previously was refused permission to visit Gaza with a delegation of other MEPs.
Voices
Opinion: GDP is not the right measurement for the growth of a country - it's time for a change
Marc Ó Cathasaigh of the Green Party outlines why he believes the future of growth measurement will be more than GDP.
# NMH VOTE
Eamon Ryan says his party 'showed real strength' in suspending two Green TDs
The party leader said there was “consensus” within his parliamentary party to suspend Neasa Hourigan and Patrick Costello.
# Bai
€10.5 million allocated to BAI for climate action, live music and Irish language broadcasting
The funding was announced by Culture Minister Catherine Martin today.
# Drugs
'It's made criminals out of decent people': People Before Profit to introduce Bill to legalise cannabis
Four years ago the Green Party favoured the establishment of Amsterdam-style cannabis coffee shops to Ireland.
# trouble in paradise
Relationships cracks between Coalition partners show we're returning to business as usual
The Coalition partners buried their differences during Covid-19, but now the cracks are beginning to show.
All time
# country living
Guidelines for building one-off homes in rural Ireland to be published 'imminently'
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says the updated plan will be published in early January.
# Climate Change
Climate action benefits are not just environmental, says Ryan
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan spoke at the party’s national convention this evening.
# Covid-19
Eamon Ryan has said he took a second Covid-19 test because the first was 'inconclusive'
A spokesperson said that the HSE had recommended a second test and that has returned a negative result.
# energy grid
Government to oppose proposal to ban data centres in Ireland
The Taoiseach has said banning data centres is ‘too crude a measure’.
# sovereignty
Green TD Patrick Costello loses High Court challenge to CETA trade deal
Ms Justice Nuala Butler said the ratification of CETA was a political question and not a constitutional one.
# reset
As Fine Gael think-in begins, Varadkar and ministers apologise to their party for 'bad summer'
The FG leader said it was time to “refresh, regroup and reset”.
# Brian Leddin
Eamon Ryan says there's no space for 'demeaning' private messages after Green TD apology
Limerick City TD Brian Leddin apologised at the weekend for messages posted in a WhatsApp group.
# Guidelines
Eamon Ryan 'regrets' controversy caused by Zappone and Green Party events
“In hindsight, in terms of maintaining public confidence, I’d prefer had we not attended those events,” the minister said today.
Voices
Opinion: 'The shift coming in Irish agriculture must be transformational - but it will be positive too'
Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett writes that the future for farming in Ireland should see increased incomes and decreased emissions.
# Waste
Levy on disposable coffee cups to be introduced in coming months
The fee could be introduced later this year or early next year.
# climate action
Concerns over 'last-minute' changes to how carbon emissions are calculated under Climate Action Bill
Campaigners worry about what the late changes will mean for Ireland’s carbon budgets.
# Coronavirus
Minister claims he was speaking in 'personal' capacity when he called for second opinion on NPHET advice
NPHET issued advice to government yesterday.