The Green political movement has experienced a resurgence throughout the UK and Ireland, and indeed across Europe.
The February Dail election saw significant gains for the Green Party throughout Ireland as people voted for transformative change - a fairer society and a serious effort to tackle climate breakdown.
Intensive negotiations aimed at forming a coalition government involving multiple parties followed.
A draft programme for government is now on the table and it was negotiated in good faith by a very committed group of TDs.
However, I am voting no on this offer of government. I believe that a better deal is possible, one which can deliver a just transition to a fairer society and a low carbon economy.
Across these islands we face the huge task of recovering from the Covid-19 crisis. The frailties of our economic system, built on fossil-fuelled over consumption, have been laid bare. The challenge is to build back better and deal with climate crisis and Covid-19 concurrently.
Emerging data shows that the poorest in our society have borne the brunt of Covid-19 and we know that climate breakdown is an emergency for all, especially those facing economic hardship.
That's why governments across these islands must prioritise our most vulnerable and lay the foundations for just and sustainable societies.
Unfortunately, the draft programme for government fails to do that and reverts back to fiscal conservatism.
It imposes regressive taxation through carbon and sugar taxes while maintaining the status quo on corporation tax and the top rate of income tax. Transformative change was called for by the Irish electorate this year and there is growing recognition of the need to build back better.
Along with a significant number of Green Party members and elected representatives from across this island, I believe that a better deal is possible.
It's time for the parties that promised positive change earlier this year to step up and deliver.