22nd April 2021 | Green Gazette

Spotlight on… Cork Greens

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The Green Party in Cork is made up of three branches, Cork City North, Cork South West and Cork City South.

Cork City North is comprised of two LEAs. Cllr Oliver Moran represents the East side, and Louise Jordan is the representative for the West side. Louise is also a member of the ‘Save Our Bride Otters’ group, which is seeking a judicial review of the Arterial Drainage Act being used by the minister to culvert the river Bride at Blackpool. Cork City North hold monthly meetings for members called the ‘Motions & Notions Meetings’, at which members supply Oliver with Motions to bring to Cork City Council and questions to take to the Chief Executive. The branch also has monthly public meetings (currently held on Zoom) with TDs or leaders from various state organisations. Recent guests include Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan who spoke about Public Banking.

Cork South West covers cover three LEAs – Bandon-Kinsale, Skibbereen-West Cork, and Bantry-West Cork. They have currently two local representatives: Rory Jackson in Skibbereen, and Marc O’Riain in Bandon-Kinsale. Rory runs the Oceans Plastic Project, a beach cleaning group, and Stop Gorse Fires, which collates reports on fires nationally, and is also working with a new Greenway Development Group in Skibbereen. Marc O’Riain has a PhD in Zero Energy Retrofit and is active in community projects in Kinsale on pedestrianisation, sustainable energy, and nature walkways. The branch holds a monthly Zoom meeting for discussion of current local issues and organising actions and are currently working on submissions to the Cork County Development Plan and a submission to the Marine Protected Area public consultation.

The newest branch is Cork City South, which is convened by Mary Ryder, and represented by Councillor Dan Boyle. Dan works tirelessly to develop Cork into a modern green sustainable urban centre, and fellow Cork City South Councillor Colette Finn is very active in establishing the Cork City Council Women’s Caucus, promoting community finance and banking, and speaking out on gender equality.

Each group is always looking for members, new and existing, to take up roles, develop policy and actions, and for anyone looking to start a career in politics, there are great opportunities to become your local area representative with a view to running in the next local elections in 2024.

 

Get in touch with your local branch

Cork City North

Convenor : Louise Jordan

Email : corkcitynorth@greenparty.ie

 

Cork South West

Facebook : facebook.com/CorkSouthWestGreenParty

Twitter : https://twitter.com/GreenPartyCSW

Convenor : Brendan McCormack

Email : corksouthwest@greenparty.ie

 

Cork City South

Convenor : Mary Ryder

Email : corkgreens@greenparty.ie