Aidan Regan: It is because Eamon Ryan was so effective that the Greens are hated

History will be kind to the outgoing leader, but his successor needs to be combative to fight against the anti-Green backlash

Internationally, Eamon Ryan is a hugely respected politician; he has mostly achieved this through what political scientists call ‘quiet politics’. But effective, quiet policy in a world of noisy media politics doesn’t win votes