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'Our dream team': Here are the Green Party candidates for the European elections

Party leader and former minister Eamon Ryan will be one of four Green candidates for the European Parliament when elections take place in May.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE GREEN PARTY has picked its four candidates for the European elections in May with party leader and former minister Eamon Ryan to run in Dublin.

Ryan was one of four candidates selected by members at a convention held in Dublin on Saturday with the Greens to contest the elections in the three Irish constituencies and in Northern Ireland.

Ryan will run in the three-seat Dublin constituency where the main aim will be to improve the Greens’ share of the vote after its collapse at the 2011 general election where the party lost all of their TDs.

In four-seat Ireland South, the party will run Grace O’Sullivan, an environmentalist, Irish surf champion and former Greenpeace activist.

The party’s finance spokesperson, former senator and sitting Dundalk councillor Mark Dearey is to run in the vast Midlands North West constituency.

In the three-seat Northern Ireland constituency the party will run Ross Brown, a founder of the East Belfast Green Party who has a background in green economics.

Ryan described the candidates as a “our dream team, for a better future”, saying in a statement: “We want to move on from boom and bust economics, and have a business community that values something more than just short term profit and gain.

“We believe that by going Green, Ireland can prosper under a new economic model. It’s in the European Parliament that we can change the rules and help make this happen.”

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