Dublin North TD Trevor Sargent has been elected the first leader of the Green Party. Up to now the Green Party had a collective leadership, but anxious to sharpen its image ahead of the general election the party today elected its first ever leader. Carlow Councillor Mary White was elected unopposed as deputy leader.

After his election the new party leader forecast that his party would make significant gains in the next election. At its special convention in Kilkenny today the party also considered the possibility of entering government if it holds the balance of power after the election.

The party's other TD, John Gormley, said that the Greens could take it or leave it when it came to government and if the offer does not measure up to their demands then they will walk away from coalition.