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Green Party to announce new leader later today

Former government minister Eamon Ryan is among those seeking to lead the party as it looks to rebuild following its general election wipe-out.

THE GREEN PARTY will announce its new leader this afternoon as it looks to rebuild following its election wipe-out in February.

Former Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan, Kilkenny councillor Malcolm Noonan and former election candidate for Dublin central Phil Kearney are the three members in the running for the position to lead a party that lost all six of its Dáil seats in February’s general election.

The party’s candidates made their pitches for the leadership earlier this month with three weeks of campaigning seeing up to 50 members attend party hustings that have taken place across the country.

The announcement will be attended by outgoing leader John Gormley who presided over the party’s election decimation, deputy leader Mary White and party chairman Dan Boyle.

The Green Party said that any postal ballots must reach the party’s head office by 12 noon today after which counting will begin before the result is announced. It is expected at around 3.30pm.

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