THE most important change brought about by the Green Party was the introduction of the Planning Bill.
That’s according to Laois Offaly Green General Election Candidate Christopher Fettes.
Mr Fettes said this is the third General Election in which the Greens have a candidate in Laois-Offaly.
“Many people, including some Greens, feel that the Party should never have gone into partnership with Fianna Fail; but even these voters have to admit that, despite the disastrous circumstances lurking just around the corner of time, a number of important decisions were made which Fianna Fail on its own would not have instituted,” he said.
These include, he said, a 25% increase in forest plantings, tens of thousands of new and valuable jobs created through the National Insulation Scheme and renewable energy projects, the highly successful Cycle to Work scheme and massive investment in clean water supplies.
Mr Fettes said he is “under no illusion that he will be elected” but “that is irrelevant; for one aspect of Irish democracy (currently denied to voters in Britain) is the right to vote for an idea you believe in without depriving you of passing on your vote to someone whose views are less compatible but have a wider appeal”.
He said the Green Party this time (as last time) is fielding a candidate in every constituency.
“If, a century hence, the human race has survived the catastrophes (some doubtless yet unknown) that hang over us, the
student of historical ecology will not have to report that, in 2011, Laois-Offaly was the only place where not one person cared enough about our planet to stand up and be counted,” said Mr Fettes.