Free Interrail tickets for all 18-year-olds, a total ban on private jets and new taxes on aviation fuel are the important points of the Greens’ electoral program for the European elections.
The European Commission currently uses a lottery system to award Interrail tickets to certain 18-year-olds, but the party’s new proposals would extend this system to all citizens in the year they turn 18.
The Green Party currently has two MEPs in Ireland, giving the Greens the same representation as Fianna Fáil and one more seat than Sinn Féin in Brussels.
The party’s two sitting MEPs, Ciarán Cuffe and Grace O’Sullivan, along with North West Midlands candidate Pauline O’Reilly, have published a detailed manifesto for the next five years in Dublin.
Irish Green MPs will work with their Green colleagues from other European countries within the Greens-European Free Alliance group. It is the fourth largest parliamentary group and works with other groups to protect democracy and fend off extremists on both sides of the political spectrum who threaten to destroy society.
Grace O’Sullivan, MEP for Ireland South, explained that when a voter votes for the Green Party candidate in this election, they empower a movement that extends to every country in Europe. She showed that the Greens in the European Parliament constitute the most united and cohesive political group, which is what gives us, according to her, a real impact.
“Ciarán Cuffe and I have played a key role over the past five years. By returning to Parliament – along with Senator Pauline O’Reilly – you are ensuring that climate action, nature restoration and social justice remain at the heart of European policy, at a time when progress is under threat,” she said.
Grace O’Sullivan also noted that for the last 11 consecutive months, world temperature records have been broken. She believes that it is now time to redouble our efforts in favor of the climate.
“Not slide back. The clearest message you can send for more ambition is by voting Green,” she concluded.

Billy Omeonga

Billy Omeonga graduated in Journalism and Creative Writing. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I am currently pursuing an MBA at the University of the People in the United States of America. I love activities that involve ideas and critical thinking. I am passionate about nature and protecting the environment. I believe in protecting our planet and its natural resources. I hate dishonest and pessimistic people. Honesty is an integral part of my view of the world and it is a value in which I strongly believe. I speak French and English fluently. In my free time, I like to read and play the piano. Also, I disapprove of the unreliability. I am a reliable person, so I expect a certain level of reliability from those I am reliable to.

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