Pat Rabbitte: Keeping the coalition onside is the acid test for the Green leader

Our post-carbon future depends on whether Eamon Ryan can bring his government partners with him when various interest groups oppose implementation of the climate action plan

There can be no doubting Ryan’s own commitment to achieving the ambitious goals set out in the Climate Action Plan. Picture: Julien Behal Photography

Eamon Ryan, the Green Party leader, can reasonably lay claim to holding the most significant post in government. If we can raise our eyes from hospitals and housing, Ryan is in charge of the critical areas most likely to shape our future.

Whether the lights stay on; whether we have the connectivity to work from home or can travel to work using public transport; whether we can afford to retrofit our homes or can arrest ...