Election 2020: Eamon Ryan (Green Party)

Dublin Bay South – Elected on first count

The Green Party has come a long way since 2011 when it went from six TDs to none following its doomed coalition with Fianna Fáil, resulting in less than 2 per cent of the national vote and a loss of State funding.

Party leader Eamon Ryan led a team to slowly rebuild the party Lazarus-like, first to re-election for himself in 2016 and a new seat for party deputy leader Catherine Martin.

Then a growing international climate change campaign led to a surge in support for the party.

An impassioned speaker, he has spent the past four years pushing a climate change agenda to ensure a sustainable economy. He raised some eyebrows and subsequently regretted his call for the re-introduction of wolves, an attempt to highlight how species are being pushed to extinction.


A councillor before his 2007 election to the Dáil, he previously ran a bicycle shop and cycling holiday business. He is married to journalist and author Victoria White and they have four sons.

Marie O'Halloran

Marie O'Halloran

Marie O'Halloran is Parliamentary Correspondent of The Irish Times