Roderic O’Gorman elected as new Green Party leader

The Green Party Ireland on Monday named Roderic O’Gorman as its new leader, nearly three weeks after Eamon Ryan announced his resignation.

The announcement came after O’Gorman, the Minister for Children and Integration, defeated Senator Pippa Hackett by a narrow margin.

O’Gorman received 984 votes compared to 912 for Hackett.

In his first remarks following the announcement, O’Gorman said he was proud of the party’s record for people across the country, and that “we now need to demonstrate to everyone that Green Party policies are focused on the challenges of today every bit as much as those of tomorrow. Our solutions – on climate, transport, housing, support for families – benefit everyone on this island. That job starts today.”

42-year-old O’Gorman has been associated with the Green Party for more than 25 years, serving as the party’s chairperson between 2011 and 2019.

His first electoral win came in 2014 when he won a seat on Fingal County Council in the local elections for the Castleknock area. Subsequently, he entered the Dail as a Dublin West TD in 2020 general election.

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