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Analysis: Ryan’s narrow victory means his time is nearly up

The Green Party leader won in the least decisive manner possible, ensuring that it’s only a matter of time before he will have to move over for Catherine Martin

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

23rd July, 2020
Eamon Ryan’s narrow win by 994 votes to Catherine Martin’s 946 means there will likely be significant pressure on him to step aside within a few years

This was meant to be the vote that finally allowed the Green Party move on after an angry four-month battle over whether the party should enter government.

Instead, the leadership contest result only served to further muddy the waters after Eamon Ryan emerged victorious but in the least decisive manner possible.

Tiny victory margins, in this case 994 votes to Catherine Martin’s 946, generally only serve to embolden the defeated side who become convinced that...

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