“TDs who attack me just want TikTok likes,” says Green Party leader Eamon Ryan

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has dismissed frequent sniping at him by Rural Independent TDs like Michael Healy-Rae, claiming they aim to gain “a better TikTok profile”.

r Ryan said he has good relationships with rural independents, including Michael Collins and the Healy-Rae brothers Michael and Danny.

He said he had a Dáil office near her from 2016 to 2020 and they got along well.

“I’m in a strange position because I know a lot of them,” Mr Ryan said of the Rural Independent group’s regular criticism of him and his party.

“I was next door to Michael Collins and Danny Healy-Rae at the last Dáil.”

Mr Ryan also said it is important to respect all TDs as otherwise there is a risk that the voters who elected them will not be respected.

But he said the atmosphere in the Dáil chamber was open to all sorts of “lines”.

“Now you get a lot of language and a lot of lines in the chamber. I sometimes wonder, is this for social media and not for me? And I think that may be the case,” said the Environment Minister. “But I always try to be respectful.

“You’ve been hearing all sorts of stuff in the chamber lately and I think it’s not great, but I think it’s driven by social media in a way. I think there is some kind of impetus to get the TikTok video out and increase the view count.

“And I’m not sure if that’s the kind of policy we need in the long run.”

Mr Ryan said the green agenda and momentum to tackle climate change is gaining traction everywhere – no matter what some people may say.

“The whole world is going green,” he said. “You heard Ursula von der Leyen speaking to the Oireachtas, what did she say? “Our agenda is green”.

“This is the green economic strategy, the Green New Deal.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/tds-attacking-me-just-want-tiktok-likes-says-green-party-leader-eamon-ryan-42249556.html “TDs who attack me just want TikTok likes,” says Green Party leader Eamon Ryan

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