Sunday 03 May 2020
Deputy Leader & Belfast City Councillor Mal O’Hara reflects back on this weekend last year when the party secured a stunning breakthrough election.
Mal O’Hara said:
“The Green Party NI had its most successful local government election this weekend last year.
“We told people that we would challenge the status quo and harness the power of disruption to create healthier, happier communities. People listened and voted for Green Party candidates in greater numbers than ever before.
“Our Councillors across Belfast, Ards & North Down and Lisburn & Castlereagh have made a significant impact since then. We’ve positioned climate emergency at the core of policy making and always strived to provide a voice for people who’ve been pushed to the margins.”
“Just as our new Councillors were starting to make inroads, Covid-19 reached our shores and turned everything on its head.
“This public health crisis has been devastating - Covid-19 has taken lives, it’s deprived us of contact with our loved ones and it’s laid bare our economic frailties.
“What’s worse, is that we’re not all in this together. If you can work from home and enjoy the weekends in your garden lockdown might not take a huge toll. However, it’s a different proposition for a low paid care worker putting their health at risk with limited PPE and children to care for at home.
“It’s clear that we need to pull everyone out of this crisis together. This crisis affords us the opportunity to do things differently as opposed to returning to the old. The old was riddled with inequality and environmental destruction.
“The recovery must be a green recovery. A Green New Deal can forge a just and inclusive economy - Green voices across Europe and these islands will accept nothing less.
“The challenge we face is monumental but I don’t regret coming in as a public servant as this time of crisis. In fact, I’m more committed than ever before to make the political impossible politically inevitable.”
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