Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Monday 11 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

Green shoots: First Green Party councillor elected in Dublin

Patrick Costello topped the poll in Rathgar- Rathmines

DUBLIN HAS ELECTED its first Green Party candidate.

Patrick Costello has managed to take a seat in Rathmines:

Here he is doing an election selfie:

In the 2009 local elections, the party only got 1.1 per cent of the national vote and not much better in the last General Election in 2011 – with 1.8 per cent.

With the talk of a resurgence in popularity, how are the Green Party doing so far?

Earlier today, despite no official results about the European elections being released yet, Eamon Ryan was accepting congratulatory hugs in Citywest earlier today after exit polls put him in third place in Dublin – which could mean he takes the final, precious MEP seat.

Election counts. Green Party leader an Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

RTÉ Exit Poll results from the European Elections for Dublin showed:

  • Lynn Boylan (Sinn Féin) – 24%
  • Brian Hayes (Fine Gael) – 14%
  • Eamon Ryan (Green Party) – 14%

There are three seats up for grabs in the constituency, meaning that the Greens might just take it.

(warning – these are not definitive or without margin of error)

In some of the Dublin tallies today for Fingal Castleknock the Green Party were at 10.2 per cent, while in Fingal Howth/Malahide they were at 6.8 per cent.

However in Balbriggan ward the party has just 5 per cent in the tallies.

With eight seats in Dun Laighaire Rathdown, Ossian Smyth of the Green Party was tallied at  6.9 per

It is also thought that former TD Paul Gogarty might take a seat in Dublin in the Palmerstown and Lucan ward – tallying at 8.89 per cent.

He once said: “Music is a hobby, politics is my vocation.”

HisSweetSurprise / YouTube

Read: Taoiseach expected in Longford as Gabrielle McFadden tops by-election poll>

Read: Fianna Fáil storms into second place in Dublin West by-election>

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.