26th November 2021 | Press Releases

‘We do politics differently because it must be done differently’: Green Party launches Annual Convention 2021

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The annual Green Party Annual Convention launched today (26th November) for a weekend of discussion and debate on why the time is now for action on climate, communities and equality.

The Convention will address the growing urgency for action, what we have achieved to date and the opportunities to make significant and real change during our time in Government, as well as through our local government and local area reps, constituency groups and individual members. There will be a wide range of discussions from the Green Party Parliamentary Party, and Irish and international guest speakers.

Green Party Leader, Minister Eamon Ryan TD said;

“It is 40 years since the Green Party was established, and while we look back with pride on our achievements, we must focus on the future and the importance of the global Green movement of which we are a part. I’m proud that we have reached this milestone having passed the Climate Action Bill into law in July and launched the Climate Action Plan earlier this month.

“From the very start, Green Politics has been based on the concept that you build consensus. Our politics is about working with the opposition as well as governments. The politics we need today, is politics of collaboration. The recent IPCC report revealed unprecedented changes in the climate system across the world, and this year’s Convention theme, The Time is Now, reflects the urgent need for continued action and reminds us that there has never been a more important time for our Party.”

Green Party Deputy Leader, Minister Catherine Martin TD said;

“We are 40 years old as a party this year, and for those 40 years we have placed climate and social justice at the heart of everything we do. We are working hard in Government to ensure Ireland achieves a Just Transition that protects the most vulnerable in society and ensures no one is left behind.

“As a Party, we have come so far in such a short space of time. In just over one year, we have massively influenced and shaped Government policy, with our Green fingers prevalent across many sectors. We have succeeded in getting agreement and commitment to introduce a Basic Income Guarantee pilot scheme for artists, and we are on track to end Direct Provision by the end of 2024. We are making critical changes in housing, sustainable transport and tourism, improving our walking and cycling infrastructure and in protecting biodiversity. 

“Our Green voices are in the room, at the table, and we are making a positive difference. We do politics differently because it must be done differently. We must work across the political spectrum, bringing people with us all the time, uniting collaborating, and making sure that there is never a them and us. We are all in this together.”