Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan has said he hopes the next government can be green and he believes it is possible to get into talks on government formation.

The party is today seeking 17 commitments from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael before entering any formal negotiations.

They include a pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 7% annually.

The party wants an ambitious investment in renewable energy and an ending of offshore gas exploration, plus the ceasing of the building of LNG import terminals.

On housing, the party wants social and cost rental homes built on public lands and a prioritising of urban renewal.

The Greens are also seeking a comprehensive retrofit programme.

The party is calling for a new social dialogue process and an ending of Direct Provision.

There should also be a path to meeting the country's UN obligation to spend 0.7% of national income on Overseas Development Aid, the said.

A new national land use plan should be developed and 20% of spending on infrastructure in transport should be aimed at cycling and walking.

The party wants a trial Universal Basic Income system established within the lifetime of the next government  and it is also seeking a revision of the National Development Plan.

The Green Party wants a review in the future of how the Covid-19 crisis was handled and it is calling for a detailed cost analysis of the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael policy document.

Finally, the party wants future procurement policy to have a green emphasis.

Analysis: Greens pose 17 questions for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

The 17 points contained in the document are as follows:

1. Will you commit to an average annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 7%?

2. Will you commit to an ambitious programme of development of, and investment where necessary in, renewable energy infrastructure including off-shore wind, grid and interconnector upgrades and community energy projects?

3. Will you commit to ending the issue of exploration licences for offshore gas exploration?

4. Will you commit to ceasing the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure, particularly LNG import terminals that could allow the entry of unconventional liquefied natural gas into the Irish energy mix?

5. Will you commit to the exclusive provision of public housing, social housing and cost rental housing on public lands?

6. Will you commit to prioritising urban renewal in line with a 'Town Centre First' model?

7. Will you commit to a comprehensive deep retrofit programme as part of a programme for government?

8. Will you commit to convening a social dialogue process representative of all key stakeholders with a view to developing of a new social contract?

9. Will you commit to working towards ending the Direct Provision system and replacing it with a not-for-profit system based on accommodation provided through existing or new approved housing bodies?

10. Will you commit to setting us on a clear and certain path to meeting our UN obligation to spend 0.7% of our national income on Overseas Development Aid?

11. Will you commit to the development of a national land use plan which will inform both the new national economic plan and the new social contract?

12. Will you commit to rebalancing our transport infrastructure spend, dedicating at least 20% of infrastructure expenditure in transport to cycling and walking and ensuring that other public transport infrastructure investment is allocated at least two-thirds of the remaining infrastructure budget?

13. Will you commit to establishing a trial of Universal Basic Income (UBI) within the lifetime of the next Government?

14. Will you commit to the revision of the existing National Development Plan so that we can meet our New Social Contract goals and climate change targets?

15. Will you commit to a review of the State's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, undertaken by the Oireachtas, to enable us to learn lessons for the future?

16. Will you provide a clear and detailed analysis of how your Joint Framework Document is to be financed?

17. Will you commit to publishing and implementing a Green Procurement Policy?