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08th Jul 2024

Roderic O’Gorman announced as new Green Party leader

Simon Kelly

Roderic O'Gorman Green Party leader

He replaces outgoing leader Eamon Ryan.

Roderic O’Gorman has been announced as new leader of the Green Party.

He defeated fellow candidate Senator Pippa Hackett by a tight margin of just 72 votes.

1896 Green Party members cast votes over the past few days, with Minister O’Gorman earning a majority with 984, or 52%.

O’Gorman will replace outgoing leader Eamon Ryan, who announced he was stepping down last month.

Roderic O’Gorman announced as new Green Party leader

Speaking at the announcement at Bewley’s Café in Dublin City, new party leader Minister O’Gorman said: “I am honoured to have been elected as Leader of the Green Party.

“I want to thank members for their support and for their participation in this election, and thank Pippa for bringing key issues to the fore.

“We are absolutely the stronger for having had this election. I know she cares as deeply about the Party as I do, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with her.

“Over the last four years, the Green Party has done exactly what we said we would – we have delivered. On ambitions in climate and the environment, protecting nature, in supporting children and families, backing the arts and culture. We can be proud of our party’s record for people in all parts of Ireland.”

He continued: “We now need to demonstrate to everyone that Green Party policies are focused on the challenges of today every bit as much as those of tomorrow. Our solutions – on climate, transport, housing, support for families – benefit everyone on this island. That job starts today.”

Minister O’Gorman becomes the fourth leader of the Green Party, which was founded over 40 years ago, following on from Trevor Sargent, John Gormley and Eamon Ryan.

A former law lecturer in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University, Minister O’Gorman was first elected as a councillor for Castleknock in 2019 and elected as TD for Dublin West in 2020.

He is currently serving as Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

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