Election 2015 Northern Ireland

Election 2015: Green party working for 'common good'

Steven Agnew said his party was calling for a non-violent, green, grassroots revolution
Image caption Steven Agnew said his party was calling for a non-violent, green, grassroots revolution

The Green party in Northern Ireland has launched its general election manifesto.

The 20-page document, called The Common Good, prioritises the protection of public services over austerity.

The party said it wants to invest in energy-efficient social housing to deal with the problems of homelessness and fuel poverty.

It also wants to see the creation of jobs in the construction industry.

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Media captionSteven Agnew said his party was calling for a non-violent, green, grassroots revolution

Party leader Steven Agnew said: "You can put the market-driven corporate sector first, or you can put a sustainable, equitable democracy first.

Key priorities

Green

Main pledges

  • Social and environmental justice
  • Grassroots democracy
  • No violence
  • Clean politics

"It's one or the other. But remember, the market-first mentality has crashed the economy, torn up the social contract, and is busy trashing the planet.

"So we're calling for a non-violent, green, grassroots revolution, for democracy, for sustainability, for equality and for the common good."

Green NI policies include:

  • First class public services for all, including promotion of the principles of integrated education
  • Building a society of equals, including a new civil rights movement, more women in power and ending racism and homophobia
  • Establishing a thriving green economy including opposing austerity and the current welfare cuts
  • Prioritising renewed investment in public services and creating an economy that serves the people and the planet, not the other way around.