Greens mark 25 years in politics

The Green Party marked a quarter of a century in politics today by launching a book detailing its journey.

The Green Party marked a quarter of a century in politics today by launching a book detailing its journey.

Party leader Trevor Sargent, Cllr Mary White and former MEP Patricia McKenna were taking part in the celebrations as TD Dan Boyle unveiled the book, A Journey to Change – 25 Years of the Green Party in Irish Politics, detailing the party’s evolution.

The book features 25 contributions from party members who have been instrumental in shaping the party’s philosophy.

A party spokeswoman said the book chronicles the party’s growth from December 3, 1981 when a small group of people met at the Central Hotel in Dublin to form what would later become the Green Party.

The spokeswoman says the book captures its growth from a dedicated pressure group into a mature political organisation.

The party has recently been calling for action to tackle traffic gridlock in urban areas. The party’s transport spokesman Eamon Ryan has warned traffic jams are the greatest threat to the economy.

He said transport problems were a major disincentive for businesses to choose to locate to Ireland.

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