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Seán Ó Gormlaigh 
Polaiteoir Éireannach Iar an Chomhaontais Ghlais. | Former Irish politician of the Green Party.


Seán Ó Gormlaigh



Polaiteoir Éireannach de chuid an Chomhaontais Ghlais é Seán Ó Gormlaigh (a rugadh ar an 4ú lá Lúnasa 1959 i mBaile Átha Cliath). Oileadh é i gColáiste Naomh Mainchín i Luimneach, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath agus in Ollscoil Freiburg sa Ghearmáin.


Chuaigh sé san iomaíocht in olltoghchán don chéad uair i 1989. Toghadh é chuig Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath i 1991 agus bhí sé mar Ard-Mhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath ó 1994-1995. Toghadh é chun na Dála i Meitheamh 1997.


Toghadh é ina cheannaire (mar chomharba ar Trevor Sargent) ar an 17 Iúil 2007. Bhí sé mar Chathaoirleach an pháirtí ó 2001, ach bhí air éirí as an gcúram sin de réir bhunreacht an pháirtí, nuair a rinneadh aire rialtais de i 2007.


Bhí sé mar údar ar The Green Guide for Ireland (Cló Wolfhound 1990). Tá sé pósta, agus iníon agus mac amháin aige.







John Gormley (born 4 August 1959) is a former Irish politician. He was the leader of the Irish Green Party from 2007 to 2011, and was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South–East constituency from 1997 to 2011. He served as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government from 2007–11. He was previously the party spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Health and Children, and chairman of the party.



Born in Dublin, Gormley was educated in St Munchin's College, Limerick, University College Dublin and the University of Freiburg. Prior to entering full-time politics he ran an academy of European languages. He has held many positions in the Green Party including Campaign Director for the successful anti-smog campaign in the 1980s. He contested his first general election in 1989, in the Dublin South–East constituency, but was not elected. He also unsuccessfully contested the 1989 Seanad election and 1992 general election. In 1990 he wrote The Green Guide For Ireland, containing advice on how to live and campaign environmentally. He lives in Ringsend with his wife, Penny, and their son and daughter.


Political career

In 1991 he was elected to Dublin City Council and was Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1994–95. At the 1997 general election, Gormley became the third Green candidate elected to Dáil Éireann. Gormley and Trevor Sargent served as the only Green Party TDs from 1997–2002. He retained his seat at the 2002 general election, increasing his vote and taking the first seat in his constituency, though McDowell gained the most number of first preferences. He was elected to the newly created post of party Cathaoirleach (chairperson) of the Green Party in 2002, and re-elected in late 2004. Gormley was re-elected at the 2007 general election, beating McDowell for the last seat by 304 votes. On 14 June 2007 he was named as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the new coalition.


Leader of Green Party

Following the general election of 2007, Trevor Sargent resigned as leader of the Green Party. The following leadership election was contested by Gormley and Patricia McKenna, and the Green Party announced that in the postal ballot he received 478 votes to McKenna's 263.


Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

In September 2007, he announced regulations introducing reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions for all new homes in new building regulations. New homes are to be 40% more energy efficient, which will reduce the carbon footprint of each house by 40% also. The new regulations are also set to make renewable energy mandatory for all new build homes. In his leader's speech to the Green Party conference in April 2008, he provoked a walk-out of the Chinese Ambassador and diplomatic delegation by calling for solidarity with the people of Tibet and referring to Tibet as a nation.


Mr Justice Frank Clarke eventually ruled on the case in November 2010, finding that Minister Gormley had exceeded his powers by ordering the Council to change its decision. It remains to be seen what impact this will have on the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Development Plan. On 22 November 2010, he called for an election date to be fixed in the second half of January 2011 following the announcement of an EU financial rescue package for Ireland due to the ongoing financial crisis in the country. He resigned as Minister on 23 January 2011 when the Green Party withdrew from government.


2011 general election and aftermath

Gormley lost his seat at the 2011 general election on 25 February. He announced in an e-mail to Green Party members on 20 March 2011 that he would not be seeking re-election as leader of the party. He was succeeded as party leader by Eamon Ryan on 27 May 2011.




updated: 2013-03-20

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