Saoirse McHugh has officially left the Green Party, as of Thursday morning.
Confirming the news on Twitter, McHugh said she left the party as she believes the programme for government (PFG) that has been agreed upon is a "terrible document".
"The membership were told it contained certain things that it didn’t.," she continued.
"This government, I believe (and I hope I’m wrong) will do massive damage to the idea of environmentalism by linking it with socially regressive policies."
In her Twitter thread, the 30-year-old also highlighted problems in housing, tax avoidance, healthcare, and agriculture as well as environmental breakdown.
McHugh also said that she hopes the affiliate group Just-Transition Greens break-off from the Green Party and form “an actual eco-socialist party”, adding that she “couldn’t stomach being affiliated with the Greens”.
The Achill-native first rose to prominence after an appearance on Prime Time during the European election campaign, where she spoke passionately about the need for reform of the Direct Provision system and strongly criticised “millionaires scapegoating migrants”.
Saoirse McHugh says 'millionaires scapegoating migrants is an old trope and its boring' pic.twitter.com/8UgygIXNok— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 21, 2019
After failing to win a seat in the Midlands-NorthWest constituency in the European election last May, McHugh said that she would leave the party if it went into government with either Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. She repeated this intention ahead of the general election in February.
The Green Party is in a coalition government with both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, after 76% of the party membership voted in favour of the Programme for Government.
Responding to McHugh’s exit from the party, Green Party leadership candidate Catherine Martin said: “Sorry you are leaving, Saoirse. Your talent, energy and commitment to climate and social justice is obvious to all.
"I hope to work alongside you in the future. Beir bua.”
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