Belfast Telegraph

Greens elect new deputy leader

Catherine Martin, a former Monaghan councillor, has been elected the Green Party's new deputy leader.

She was one of three candidates for the post held by former junior minister Mary White for the past 10 years.

Ms Martin was selected by delegates at the party's convention over former Senator Mark Dearey and Northern Ireland green activist John Barry.

After her victory, she insisted the Greens would prove wrong predictions of their demise in the wake of an electoral wipe-out at the last general election.

"This is the liveliest, most enthusiastic group of extinct people I know," she said.

Ms Martin said she was looking forward to recruiting new members to the party, and in particular encouraging women that it is possible to combine political life with family commitments.

She is a secondary school teacher and mother of three young children.

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