27th June 2021 | Political Reform, Press Releases

‘In an extremely challenging year, we have made climate, communities and equality key priorities’ – Green Party celebrates one year in Government


The Green Party is today (June 27th) marking one year in Government following a vote by Party members in favour of the Programmme for Government.

The past 12 months have seen the Green Party influence achievements across departments, including setting Ireland on the path to net-zero emissions no later than 2050 through the Climate Action Bill; the announcement of a Basic Income Guarantee pilot scheme for artists; and taking major steps to end direct provision by publishing a White Paper and developing alternative accommodation models.

Green Party Leader and Minister for Transport and for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD said;

“Our party made the decision to go into Government this time last year in the midst of a unprecedented global pandemic. We have been working hard ever since with our coalition partners to ensure a Green recovery from Covid-19 as well as a climate resilient and inclusive future for our country.

“The Green Party has introduced one of the most ambitious Climate Action Bills in the world, setting Ireland on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050. Our influence in Government has guaranteed 100% public housing on public land in Dublin and Cork and we are introducing innovative cost-rental housing to Ireland as a secure, sustainable and affordable model for homes into the future. We’re also making homes more climate friendly and affordable through €300m in retrofitting grants. We’re putting families first by increasing parental leave from two to five weeks for each parent and making adoptive leave available to male same-sex couples.

“This only scratches the surface of what we’ve achieved to date and we won’t stop there. I believe another green voice in Government will strengthen our impact and I urge voters in Dublin Bay South to get out and vote for Claire Byrne on Thursday 8th July.”

Deputy Green Party Leader and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD said;

“In an extremely challenging year, we have made climate, communities and equality key priorities. We have brought a crucial progressive voice to this Government and are ensuring that a just transition is central to our climate reforms.

“Through my department we have secured hundreds of millions of euro in Covid supports for some of our countries most hard-hit sectors including tourism, arts and sport. We have established recovery taskforces for the tourism and arts sectors. The introduction of Ireland’s first ever Basic Income Guarantee pilot scheme has been earmarked for artists, providing much needed consistency for those who are amongst the hardest hit during this pandemic. We have increased funding for the Arts Council to €130 million and established both an Arts and Culture recovery taskforce and a night-time economy taskforce.

“We have made huge progress in the past 12 months and I’m very excited to see what we can achieve in the rest of our term.”