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Letter to Irish Times and Poster advertising First meeting of The Ecology Party of Ireland in 1981 March 1, 2010

In 1981  Christopher Fettes wrote a letter (below) to the Irish Times enquiring if anyone was interested in setting up an Irish Ecology Party. He got around 80 responses. In turn this led to a meeting of all those interested. This is the poster Advertising the first meeting.
The Ecology Party of Ireland did not field any candidates in the February 1982 election, but did field seven candidates
in the November 1982 Election.(Seven candidates were needed to get coverage on RTE). These Seven were Roger Garland in Dublin South (950 votes) ,Maire Mullarney in Dublin South East (312), Aidan Meagher (188) in Dublin North West, Liam DeSuin (463) in Wicklow, Richard Power in Limerick East (177), Owen Casey (1307) Cork South Central and Elizabeth Ryder (319) in Cork South West.
Many members were unhappy with the name of the new Party and with Greens such as Petra Kelly in Germany household names the name of the Party was changed. On April the 12th 1984 ‘The Green Alliance/ An Comhaontas Glas’ formally applied to be registered as a political Party.
Many thanks to the donor.



Christopher Fettes -Green Alliance – 1984 Euro Elections September 9, 2009

Christopher Fettes from the 1984 European Election Dublin Constituency.
Fettes is a hugely important figure in the Irish Green Party. Not alone was he a founding member of the now Green Party, It was Christopher Fettes who ‘called’ the initial meeting in 1981 that led to the foundation of The Ecology Party… which became the Green Alliance/An Comhaontas Glas and was renamed again as the Green Party/An Comhaontas Glas.




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