Agnew’s achievement in North Down

Steven Agnew’s achievement in North Down is a much more significant breakthrough for the Greens than even Brian Wilson’s election in 2007. For the first time the Greens have mustered a vote in a regional election entirely under their own steam, whereas Wilson was able to draw on a significant personal vote garnered as an independent candidate. There’s also a sense that Agnew will bring a strong and coherent Green Party voice to the Assembly, buoyed by likely victories in the North Down council elections. Former leader,John Barry, has polled strongly in Holywood.
The Green Party in North Down have offered the Greens across Ireland one piece of good news in what has turned out to be a disappointing year for their colleagues in the Republic, where the party is going through an existential crisis after their expulsion from Government and Dail Eireann.