2nd October 2020 | Press Releases

Greens celebrate record membership surge at first ever online National Convention

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At the launch for their Annual National Convention, the Green Party have revealed figures showing a surge in party membership following the general election in which the party secured a record 12 seats in the Dáil.

Since 2019, Green Party membership has more than doubled, continuing a trend that has seen membership grow ten-fold since 2015.

The Green Party National Convention 2020 takes place this weekend as a fully online event for the first time ever, a change brought about by Covid-19 restrictions. Together with the growing membership, the accessibility of the event has led to the highest ever number of registrations for the annual Convention at more than 1200.

The Convention starts at 2.30pm this afternoon and closes at 1.30pm on Sunday. Highlights will cover sessions reviewing 100 Days in Government with several Ministers and TDs, panels discussing Activism and Politics with MEP Grace O’Sullivan as well as Rural Ireland and Walking Cities featuring successful European Greens and renowned speakers from both here and abroad.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD said:

“I’m looking forward to our Party Convention this weekend. It’s a pity we can’t meet in Donegal as was originally planned, but we are privileged that technology can still bring us together to reflect on what has been quite a big year for the Party.

“Since our last convention we’ve had the most successful general election in our Party’s history, securing twelve TDs and four Senators to join our Councillors, MEPs and MLAs. Our membership has grown to record levels and as a Party, we made the decision to enter a coalition Government. And of course we are all living with the huge challenges of Covid-19.

“This weekend will be an opportunity for us to both talk and listen, embrace and overcome our difficulties and differences, and discuss what it really means to be a Green Party member these days.”