Bid to inject new life to towns and villages

Paul Bowler: Nw Kerry Green Party chair

A new chairperson has been elected to spearhead the Kerry branch of the Green Party.

Paul Bowler, from Lixnaw, was appointed at the annual general meeting to succeed Anluan Dunne, from Trlaee, who remains as the party’s representative in that municipal district.

Diarmaid Griffin continues as the Green Party spokesman in Killarney, Cleo Murphy in Kenmare and Peadar Ó Fionnáin in Dingle.

“We have four strong local area representatives and I’m looking forward to supporting them, while also engaging with the wider membership,” said Mr. Bowler, a social care worker

“Our Kerry membership increased over the past year and I’m interested in hearing from anyone who would like to be part of climate action and social justice in this county.

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan (left) and local spokesman Diarmaid Griffin pictured in Killarney

“We have room for people in policy, campaigns and issues as well the political arena,” he stated.

Mr Bowler also hailed the work of the Green Party in government.

“Our minsters are performing well, bringing forward developments in public transport, organic farming and active travel to help us make the necessary changes to mitigate against climate change,” he said.

He said Minister Catherine Martin has been effective in supporting the tourism industry which is so vital to Kerry while and Minister Malcolm Noonan, who has responsibility for the national parks, has been a regular visitor to the county

“We will shortly be announcing the Town Centres First strategy which the Green Party pushed to have included in the Programme for Government. Kerry needs life brought back into its towns and villages,” Mr Bowler said.

“Milltown has already been earmarked for town centre planning and I’m looking forward to more supports for towns around the county,” he added.