Greens see surge in support in election in rebel county

Published by Shamim Malekmian on

May 25th, 2019

The Green Party is set to witness a significant surge in seats in local elections in county Cork, early tallies have revealed. 

According to initial tallies, the Greens are set to occupy as many as four seats on Cork City Council, a significant gain for the party.

Seasoned party politician Dan Boyle alongside younger members Oliver Moran, Lorna Bogue and Collette Finn are holding a fixed position in the city’s local elections.

Early tallies from Dublin, Kildare, Limerick, and Wicklow also reveal that the Green Party is set to do well there also.

Overall, the party looks set to be the big winners in the local elections, with early tallies confirming the estimates in yesterday’s RTE exit poll that the party could take in nine per cent of the vote.

Councillor Roderic O’Gorman, who is expected to gain a seat in Dublin West, told RTE earlier today that the party expects to win at least 30 of the 82 seats it is contesting.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said today that the Green Party’s electoral success is “a very clear message” from the public that they “want us to do more on climate action”.

Lorna Bogue (l) of Green Party Photo: Shamim Malekmian

Message clear on the doors

Speaking to The Green News, Green Party candidate, Lorna Bogue said that she was not expecting to gain such levels of support from voters.

The young politician said that “the issue of climate change was coming at people’s doors again and again”, adding, however, that the Green’s favourable position is not entirely due to the current, heightened public attention the issue.

Ms Bogue said that party campaigners had gone door to door to convey their message to voters for months and the results prove that the public has responded well to their relentless campaigning.

“We’ve been running all over the country canvassing really hard; you have to talk to people,” she said. “No matter how many posters you have up there, how many leaflets you have, how much money you are throwing, the most important thing is talking to people.”

Ms Bogue continued that the party is not solely concerned with addressing environmental issues and is committed to addressing the likes of “housing, inequality and access to health services”.

Mark Cronin, who is also running for a seat in Cork told The Green News that the public’s favourable shift toward the greens indicating their support for a “green government”. 

“We are hoping that this is part of a surge that will keep on growing,” Mr Cronin said. “There’s been a shift with all these reports about climate change coming out that are actually quite frightening, and we are realising that we have to change.”

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Shamim Malekmian

Shamim is a Senior Reporter at The Green News and a contributing writer to the Irish Examiner, Cork Evening Echo and the Dublin Inquirer.