Dublin City Councillor Hazel Chu has been elected today as the new Cathaoirleach of the Green Party.
Cllr Chu takes up the role following a vote of party members and succeeds Cllr Roderic O’Gorman.
The election was done by postal ballot with roughly half of all full members taking party. Cllr Chu came narrowly ahead of Cllr Pauline O’Reilly, the Green Party General Election candidate for Galway West.
Speaking following the count Hazel Chu said:
“I’m delighted to take up the role of Cathaoirleach of the Green Party. I believe that the Green Party will have a growing influence in Irish politics in the years ahead and I’m keen that we prepare for that. I want to help get the party ready for the upcoming General Election, I want to help develop new branches of the party, and I want to help support new candidates.
“As climate breakdown, environmental pollution, and inequality emerge as the issues of our time the Green Party are uniquely placed to contribute to Ireland’s future. I want to make sure we are ready, as an organisation, to compete right across the country and build support.
“I really want to thank Pauline O’Reilly who ran a fantastic campaign and I want to focus on getting Pauline elected as a TD for Galway West. She is an amazing advocate and campaigner and would make an incredible representative for the people of Galway.
“I also want to thank our outgoing chair Roderic O’Gorman for the tireless work he put in over the last 8 years. He has brought the party through some very difficult times and his commitment to driving the party forward has been a key part of its recent success.
“Last but not least I want to thank the members for their support and for participating in such strong numbers in this important party decision. “
Hazel Chu is a Dublin City Councillor for the Pembroke LEA. She trained as a barrister and has led communications for some of Ireland’s best-known brands. She co-founded the campaign group Mothers4Climate, has a column in the Business Post and is a regular contributor on the Tonight Show, RTE radio and Newstalk.
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