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Duncan Stewart is not running in the elections, he wants people to vote for the Greens instead

The broadcaster and environmentalist is worried that he’ll split the Green Party vote if he runs.

Duncan Stewart on 'About the House' on RTÉ
Duncan Stewart on 'About the House' on RTÉ
Image: RTÉ/John Turner

BROADCASTER AND ENVIRONMENTALIST Duncan Stewart has decided against running in the local or European elections next month and has instead thrown his support behind the Green Party.

Stewart attended a workshop event organised by a group of independent TDs calling themselves Independents’ Network in Dublin last month and was non-committal when asked about his political ambitions hinting that he felt he needed to put his “head above the parapet”.

However in a statement issued through the Green Party today, Stewart said that he did not want to risk “splitting the vote” with Green candidates.

“I considered my position very carefully. Ultimately, for me, it is about the Green message,” he said today.

“I would have run as an independent but didn’t want to risk splitting the vote with Green Party candidates which I feared might dilute that message.”

He hinted that he had been considering running for the European elections saying that the most obvious place for him to run would have been Ireland South.

But he has instead thrown his support behind the Green Party candidate Grace O’Sullivan, saying: ”I am encouraging people to vote for Grace because I think she is the woman for the job.”

Read: “I can walk out of this studio this minute if you wish”: Duncan Stewart demands more airtime

Read: Meet the former Rainbow Warrior hoping to help the Greens surf back to electoral success…

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