Time to stop hurling from the ditch – Why I joined the Green Party

As many of you may know, I was a long time member of Fine Gael. Joining the party when I was an 18 year old student in UCC. I remained a member for many years, and was elected to positions Nationally withing Young Fine Gael and at constituency level in Fine Gael, up until Leo Varadkar was elected leader. Following Leo’s election I did not renew my membership for a number of reasons, but Leo’s politics and policies, as well as the direction Fine Gael was heading (to the right) gave me cause to be concerned so I stepped back.

As a member of the liberal wing of the wing of the party, this didn’t surprise many.

Now those who know me, know I am political and I will always have an interest in politics and I will always be involved in campaigns and referendums locally and nationally and during the recent local elections I was honoured to be asked to be a Director of Elections for a friend in a neighbouring Local Electoral Area.

But when it came for me to vote in my own area I felt I couldn’t vote Fine Gael #1. I felt we as a City, Country and across the world we face a much bigger issue.

Climate Breakdown.

If you prefer to call it Climate Change, that’s fine. But this is something we can no longer ignore in my view. We need to step up and do more. And for me to play my part I have joined the party I voted for in the local elections.

An Comhartas Glas – The Green Party

In my opinion we need politicians who are not afraid to take the hard the decisions. To put the climate and the environment first, because we don’t get a second try at this.

People are switching on to this. School children are protesting on this and that should wake us up. Extinction Rebellion and others are doing their part. It’s comes up more and more in discussions at work, at home and at church (where there is an Eco-Congregation Group).

We need to do more on public transport, on cycling, on renewable energy, sustainable development and so much more. I hope that I can play a small part in this and I look forward to working with friends in the Green Party to try and change things.

So here is to a Green Future!

Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

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