The Green Party has launched its Transport Policy Paper, with proposals to move away from a "car-centric nation".

The party's proposals include plans for a cycling unit and changes to the traffic light signaling to prioritise cyclists and pedestrians.

Party leader Eamon Ryan said he is "sick and tried of lack of progress and it's about to change" .

When asked about the differing views of his party colleague Saoirse McHugh on carbon tax, Mr Ryan said the party allows different opinions but the party is united in its belief to tackle the climate crisis.

Mayo candidate Ms McHugh voiced her strong opposition to the carbon tax earlier this week.

In its manifesto the Green Party commits to increasing carbon tax each year for the next decade until it reaches €100 per tonne.

Also in its transport policy is a proposal for traffic lights to be programmed to give cyclists a head start and reduce the waiting time to a maximum of 30 seconds for pedestrians with adequate time to cross.

The party will allow cyclists to make a left turn when traffic lights are red but giving way to pedestrians walking on a green man.

It will retrofit junctions with convex mirrors that allow truck drivers to see cyclists on their near side.

The Green Party wants to Increase the €1,000 spend limit on the Bike To Work scheme to provide support for purchase of e-bikes

The party is pledging 20% of the capital transport budget for walking and cycling.

It will introduce free public transport for all students and pilot a €365 public transport annual pass, based on structure first introduced in Vienna in 2013.

The party wants wider footpaths in villages and cities, more zebra crossings, cycling parking and storage at rail and coach hubs.

The party is promising new wardens patrolling the streets, fining people for parking and dog fouling, and will provide national guidance for 'Play Streets'.

When asked if he agreed with Micheál Martin's claim that Sinn Féin's manifesto is a "dangerous con job", Eamon Ryan said any party promising tax cuts must take a pause.

He said there are still tough times ahead for the economy.

He said Shane Ross was "possibly the worst transport minster I have ever seen".

He said was being critical of him because there was no climate assessment in the National Development Plan and "no consideration for climate".