Members of the Green Party have voted to allow the possibility of a coalition with other parties in any future government.

Delegates at the party's annual convention in Dublin overwhelmingly rejected a motion against entering a coalition with Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael or any party whose policies and values conflict with those of the Green Party.

Party leader Eamon Ryan said that people who voted Green in the recent local and European elections now wanted them to go into government.

"They trust us to lead on the kind kind of issues we stand for. They do want us to try and go into government and make it work," he said.

He said they would talk to all parties because they wanted any programme for government to bring significant change.

Cork Green Party councillor Lorna Bogue, who proposed the motion, told delegates that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would stand in the of way of the party's objectives.

The vote came at the party's convention in Dublin, which was booked out following a surge in membership from 1,200 earlier this year to 2,000 following the recent elections.

Among the topics up for discussion was how to build on the party's success in the local and European elections, where they secured 49 councillors and two MEPs.

The party's chairperson and Dublin Rathdown TD, Catherine Martin, said they had been targeting six seats in the next general election, but were reassessing this in light of their local and European election vote.

"Now we are having to reassess. We have to see where there are more target seats, in Dublin and beyond Dublin in Galway, Cork, Waterford and Kilkenny," Ms Martin said.

In his closing speech to delegates, Mr Ryan said that the Green Party is the natural antidote to the politics of antagonism and fear.

"Our recent success came because we have been consistent in calling out the impending climate and biodiversity crisis for years," he said.

"People voted for us because they trusted us to do something about it.  We have to serve that vote now in everything we do."