The Northern Ireland electorate got its first taste of Green politics in 1981 when Peter Emerson, Avril McCandless and Malcolm Samuels stood as Ecology Party candidates.
On 19 March 2010, the Green Party in Northern Ireland celebrated its 30th anniversary at Dukes Hotel in South Belfast.
Party members and supporters gathered to celebrate the achievements of the last three decades and to look to the future of the party, which is contesting six Assembly and 22 council constituencies in May’s elections.
Leader Steven Agnew said: “While it is important that we use the opportunity that the 30th anniversary to reflect on where we have come from, the Green Party is a party that looks to the future. This is reflected in the youth of our candidates, our growing membership and support.
“While other parties are now using the language of the Green Party, they still fail to understand that the economy cannot be separated from the environment. The Green Party is the only viable alternative to the failed politics of the past where identity has taken precedence over policy.”
Mr Agnew paid tribute to the “courage” of Peter Emerson – who also addressed the event – in founding the party at the height of the troubles and to the work of past leader John Barry and retiring MLA Brian Wilson, whose work in the last Assembly term was recognised with a special presentation.