A grass-roots effort as Noonan films campaign video from his own garden

CLLR Malcolm Noonan has released an online video to kickstart his campaign to be the next leader of the Green Party.

CLLR Malcolm Noonan has released an online video to kickstart his campaign to be the next leader of the Green Party.

The video, aimed at getting his message out to the party’s 1,400 members, was filmed in his back garden in Kilkenny city. The two-minute video was created by local filmmaker Darragh Byrne and is now on YouTube with the title ‘Malcolm Noonan Green Party Leadership Campaign’.

The councillor, a member of Kilkenny County and Borough Councils, is currently working to secure the necessary 50 signatures from party members before the nomination deadline next week. Voting will then take place in May.

“To see the Dáil as it’s currently constituted with a lack of any ‘green’ or ecological perspective is extremely sad and difficult,” he says in the video, “but I think we are in a unique position and we should use this time as breathing space to try and rebuild the party, and I think we can rebuild it.”

Cllr Noonan describes the Greens as “an all-Ireland party, not just based on north and south but also on east and west”.

He sets out his belief that the party “can reconnect into urban communities but also into rural Ireland, where our message is still strong”.

“It will be a modest rebuild but I think that we can do this, and I feel very strongly that we can target key areas around the country for the local elections in 2014,” he says in the campaign video.

“I don’t want to dwell on the past – I think what’s happened has happened – but I do think that what I offer is the experience that I’ve brought through my number of years here as Local Authority member and as someone who has core green principles at my own heart.”