Dublin TD Trevor Sargent is elected as the first national leader of the Green Party.

There were three candidates in the running to become the Green Party's first national leader - Trevor Sargent TD, Councillor Paul Gogarty from Dublin West and Niall O Brolcháin from Galway West. However, it was no surprise when Trevor Sargent came out on top. Carlow Councillor Mary White was elected as the party's deputy leader.

Trevor Sargent is confident that the Green Party will make significant gains in the next election and predicts they will win at least four seats thereby doubling their current count of two TDs. The party has also discussed possible conditions for entering a coalition government should it hold the balance of power following the next general election. Trevor Sargent believes it is about putting together a framework for a sustainable future.

I think the Green Party could be much larger next time.

The election of a national leader is seen as crucial in raising the Green Party profile ahead of the next general election.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 October 2001. The reporter is David McCullagh.