Green Party general election candidates

The Green Party had no women in the last Dail, they are running 11 female candidates out of 39 in the election.



Mary White GP ( Carlow  Kilkenny)

Elected to Carlow County Council in 1999. Elected deputy leader of the Green Party in 2002. Written books on hill walking and anti-mining campaigns. She is the spokesperson on agriculture. Good chance of election. Wants to make Carlow the first Green Energy Town in Ireland. Issues: a bioethanol plant for Carlow; housing, mental-health funding and water.


Sarah Iremonger GP (Cork East)

Got involved in politics through the Anti-Incinerator and Save Spike Island campaigns. She is trained in fine art and works in visual art. Issues: schools, playgrounds, health centres and public transport.


Caroline Robinson GP (Cork North West)

A secondary school science and geography teacher. Issues: clean water, improve sewage treatment units, locally-produced healthy foods, low-energy transport systems, more local bus routes.


Patricia McKenna GP (Dublin Central)

Member of European Parliament: 1994-2004. Ireland's first green MEP. Former teacher. A chance of being elected at the expense of Fianna Fáil but will have to hold off Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin. Issues: nuclear power (opposed), genetically-modified crops, and US-led military aggression.

Bronwen Maher GP (Dublin North Central)

She is the Green Party spokesperson on women's affairs. She worked in the community and voluntary sector before politics. Elected to Dublin City Council in June 2004, and elected Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin in June 2005. Issues: Dublin Bay, the sale of alcohol and community gardaí

Elizabeth Davidson GP (Dublin South West)

Background in art education and working with early school-leavers. Issues: planning, traffic congestion, lack of public transport, substandard undersized apartments; lack of facilities for young people in Tallaght.


Mariead Ni Chronin GP (Galway East)

Elected to Dublin City Council in 2004. Currently studying to become a barrister at Kings Inns. A weak candidate. No known views of her own on anything, outside the obvious on local issues. Issues: local community centres; improved planning, conservation of local heritage; development of local amenities; effective waste management and crime rates.


Maire McKay GP (Laois-Offaly)

Retired teacher. An active member of An Taisce, Feasta and Amnesty. Issues: human rights, especially of women and children; support for the disabled and elderly; use of biofuels and renewable energy.


Patricia Forde Brennan GP (Limerick East)

Patricia was involved in Fianna Fáil for 28 years. A former post-primary teacher. Issues: better transport facilities for Limerick, western rail corridor and more bus routes, an extra €1bn for education.


Betty Doran GP (Longford Westmeath)

A former Labour councillor. Member of Mullingar Town Council since 1992. An Independent councillor in 2004 before joining the Green Party in October 2006. Issues: health infrastructure for Longford-Westmeath; access to clean water; education – class size, more special-needs provisions, more school places, western rail corridor. 


Deidre de Burca GP (Wicklow)

Previously primary school teacher and a psychologist. Outspoken (at times shrill) on Wicklow County Council. Has good chance of election. Issues: controversial re-zonings, protection of Bray seafront, affordable housing and waste.