The Green Party has welcomed the election of Senators Pauline O’Reilly and Pippa Hackett, with party leader Eamon Ryan saying the pair will be strong voices in the new Seanad for women in farming and in caring work across the country.
Speaking on her election to the Labour Panel, Senator Pauline O’Reilly said: “I am honoured to bring a strong voice from the West of Ireland to the Green parliamentary party. It is clear that a new reality is unfolding. This challenges us as politicians to ensure that nature and that those that need most care in society are valued and put to the forefront as we move forward. It is my firm commitment to act in the best interests of all the people of Ireland – North, South, East, and West – but, beyond this, as we tackle one of the worst crises the world has seen in living memory, we have an obligation to act for the most vulnerable across the globe”.
On her re-election to the Agricultural Panel, Senator Pippa Hackett said: “I’m delighted and honoured to retain my seat in the Seanad. I am looking forward to being a voice for rural Ireland, for our farming communities, and for the midlands in particular. Regeneration of towns and villages, and getting the Just Transition right will be essential for our rural areas. How we produce our food and get it to the consumers, how we interact with our natural environment, and how we look after our natural heritage, will become increasingly important. Business as usual is no longer an option, and as we move forward out of this current crisis, we must continue to build a better, more resilient future. I believe I can help shape that.”
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan said: “I’m disappointed that we won’t be seeing Saoirse McHugh in the Seanad this time. Saoirse has such a strong vision for the future of rural Ireland, and while I have no doubt she’ll continue to contribute to the national conversation, her voice will be missed in Seanad Éireann.
“Senators Pippa Hackett and Pauline O’Reilly are two women of real talent, and I know that they will articulate a similar vision in the new Seanad. With their backgrounds and experience, they will be strong voices for their communities and for women in farming and in caring work across the country.”
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