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Eamon Ryan launches Greens leadership bid... by battling a helicopter

Hovering helicopter makes a din as former minister records leadership launch video in a park – as fellow candidate sticks with the ‘outdoorsy’ theme…

THE GREEN PARTY has a battle on its hands to revitalise the party which lost all its six seats in the Dail and its three seats in the Seanad.

But former energy minister Eamon Ryan had a more immediate fight to deal with as he recorded his video launching his bid to be the Greens’ new leader. As he recorded his leadership challenge in a Dublin park, a pesky helicopter hovered overhead at two points, almost drowning out his policy declaration.

Check out the occupational hazards of being a Green in his newly-posted video:

Two other candidates have thrown their hat in the ring for the leadership. Malcolm Noonan, Kilkenny County and Borough councillor, and general election candidate for Dublin Central, Phil Kearney, got their nominations in before the closing deadline last Friday. They will campaign to party members over the next three weeks before the decision on who will replace John Gormley at the helm of the Green Party is voted on.

All ballots have to be returned by noon on 27 May, counting will begin at lunchtime on the day and the new leader should be announced that evening, a Green Party spokesperson told today.

Malcolm Noonan also went for the ‘outdoorsy’ theme in his campaign video – but got a bit more peace and quiet by recording in his own back garden in Kilkenny:

There is no sign of a recording yet from Phil Kearney, but to fill the gap, this was how he made his pitch ahead of last February’s general election. He clearly held no truck with an outside broadcast in this pared-back production…

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