Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has called on Minister for Transport Shane Ross to set out his vision for public transport.

Speaking after his party's think-in ahead of the Dáil return next Tuesday, Mr Ryan said the Greens stand with Dublin Bus workers in their dispute over pay.

The Party also said it will introduce legislation in this coming Dáil term that would pave the way for a directly elected mayor of Dublin.

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Catherine Martin, the party's deputy leader and second TD, said this is a chance for the Dáil to show it is committed to new politics and strengthening local democracy.

If the move was successful, it could lead to elected mayors in cities around the country, she said.

The Greens say they will work with both Government and the opposition to build consensus on developing a new economic model.

Mr Ryan said that climate change, education and long-term spending plans for infrastructure projects will be the party's focus this Dáil term.

"It's not about measuring everything by consumption but rather it's about improving the quality of people's lives," he said.

To achieve this the Green Party leader believes a "transitional leap" is needed which will take politics away from the "old left, right divide."

The party currently has two TDs and one senator but it is aiming to treble its numbers of Dáil seats in the next election.