Grace O’Sullivan


Spokesperson for the Marine.

My vision

My overarching vision is for a fairer, more equitable Ireland, where the most vulnerable in society are given top priority in all political decision making.

What I stand for

I stand for access and equality of opportunity. As a mother and ecologist I want my three children to grow up in an ecologically sound country that will recognise their various abilities and be a safe and secure place to live. I want all people, whatever their ability or background, to have a reasonable expectation of a living wage and a roof over their heads.

My priorities

My number one priority is people and the well being of society in general. If we are thriving as individuals, the country, too, is healthier.

  • “Your health is your wealth” is more than a catchy adage. Human health and the health of the environment underpin our ability to survive and are a priority for me.
  • I want to see housing policy and property development that puts the needs of people first – a core principle in providing a decent quality of life for all.
  • Prioritising the protection of the natural world – air, sea, and land – whilst creating sustainable, green jobs for life.

My experience

I’m a mother of three, an ecologist, and an environmental education specialist. I’m a former Greenpeace activist, a former Irish surf champion, and a green entrepreneur. Having grown up in Tramore, Co. Waterford, I’ve been a lifelong nature-enthusiast and environmentalist, with a particular love of the sea. Two years ago I was honoured to be elected as a member of Seanad Éireann. Since entering the world of politics I have worked within committees and on the ground in a number of key areas with an ecological and human dimension to them, tackling environmental and social issues head-on, with passion and dedication.

Latest activities

10th February 2022

‘Science has shaped how I view the world’: Green Party highlights gender inequality in STEM on Women and Girls in Science Day

1st October 2021

Ireland joins commitment to largest high seas Marine Protected Area for seabirds in history

10th July 2021

Landmark achievements on environment in Europe for Ireland South Green MEP Grace O’Sullivan

30th June 2021

Green Party MEP calls for the largest act of marine protection in history

27th January 2021

Green Party welcomes publication of Marine Protected Areas report as important step towards protecting Ireland’s waters

9th December 2020

Green MEPs Call on Taoiseach to Advocate for Ambitious Climate Targets at European Council

26th November 2020

Greens welcome EU Ban on use of Lead Shot in Wetland Areas

19th November 2020

Offshore energy must be integral part of the Green Deal – Green MEPs

11th November 2020

Green MEPs welcome green light for historic €1.8 trillion EU financial package

11th November 2020

Grace O’Sullivan MEP welcomes Ministerial appeal of high court ruling on trawlers

11th November 2020

Minister Pippa Hackett welcomes increased ambition for biodiversity in EU negotiations

8th October 2020

Greens celebrate historic week in fight against climate change with national and EU legislation

16th September 2020

Irish Green MEPs welcome climate ambition from European Commission President von der Leyen

8th September 2020

Irish Green MEPs welcome Commission decision on Irish commissioner

26th August 2020

Green MEPs welcome Phil Hogan’s resignation from the European Commission

23rd July 2020

Green MEPs welcome strong European Parliament position on EU recovery fund

15th July 2020

Green MEPs call for greater transparency in taxation policies in wake of Apple Tax ruling

10th June 2020

Coastal Erosion Strategy Must be Urgently Drawn up and Put in Place After Courtown Beach ‘Swept Away’: Green MEP Grace O’Sullivan

27th May 2020

€750 billion Recovery Plan Could Help to Avoid Austerity in Post-COVID-19 Ireland

25th May 2020

Recent cold weather effects on apple crops show need for climate resilient Agri-Food policies

18th May 2020

Greens call on individuals, families and communities to engage in ‘Citizen Science’ on National Biodiversity Week

15th May 2020

Green MEPs welcome ambitious call from the European Parliament for Green Recovery

16th April 2020

Greens welcome Irish Government sign-up to European Green Recovery

8th April 2020

Europe must show solidarity in response to global economic crisis – Greens

27th March 2020

Prioritise Covid-19 Testing in Group-Living Situations to Save Lives

24th March 2020

Green MEPs call for urgent intervention in refugee crisis in Greece

4th March 2020

Green Party MEPs call for greater ambition in new EU Climate Law

29th January 2020

Irish Green MEPs pay tribute to departing colleagues as European Parliament votes on Brexit Withdrawal Deal

15th January 2020

Green MEPs welcome European Parliament vote on Green Deal

14th January 2020

€100 Billion for Regions Impacted by Transition from Fossil Fuels

18th December 2019

Overfishing past 2020 is not logical, nor legal – O’Sullivan

11th December 2019

Green MEPs give cautious welcome to European Green Deal, call on Taoiseach to act with greater urgency on climate change

28th November 2019

Green Party MEPs welcome European Parliament declaration of Climate Emergency

14th November 2019

Green Party MEP’s welcome European Investment Bank decision to phase out funding for fossil fuels

24th October 2019

Plastic pollution in our seas is an ecological disaster and we need more action to stop it at source – Greens

10th October 2019

Sweden have stopped an LNG terminal – time for Ireland to follow suit – Greens

19th September 2019

Green Party expresses serious concern at Irish Cement incineration licence

23rd August 2019

Reject Mercosur unless Amazon and Irish farmers can be protected – Greens

19th June 2019

Green MEPs respond to European Commission’s recommendations on Ireland’s draft National Climate and Energy Plan

8th May 2019

Greens secure Dáil vote on climate emergency declaration

30th April 2019

Time to take action on oceans in peril: Green Party MEP Candidate Senator Grace O’Sullivan

24th April 2019

Human dignity at shocking low with treatment of bodies at University Hospital Waterford: Green MEP candidate Senator Grace O’Sullivan

23rd April 2019

Reform Foreshore Licencing says Green Party MEP candidate

17th April 2019

Irish MEP greenwashing laid bare in voting report: Senator Grace O’Sullivan

5th April 2019

National breast cancer screening programme should be widened: Greens

21st March 2019

Ireland needs to examine gun laws in wake of New Zealand tragedy: Greens

5th March 2019

Green Party moves to limit election posters

22nd February 2019

STOP THE FELLING: Green Party call on Minister Madigan to intervene to stop the surge of tree felling happening across the country

22nd February 2019

Protecting Ireland’s biodiversity needs more than lip service, it needs serious investment: Greens

20th February 2019

Not allowing Coast Guard volunteers to use their emergency lights could lead to loss of life and needs to be addressed: Greens

17th February 2019

THE GREEN WAVE Green Party launch European campaign

15th February 2019

Greens welcome referral of Shannon LNG case to European Court of Justice

13th February 2019

Event notice: European Election Launch

4th January 2019

Government plans to ban single use plastics is another example of grandstanding on environmental issues: Greens

19th December 2018

Green Party call on government preserve transport link between Rosslare and France in the context of Brexit

4th December 2018

Plastic Plant Planning Decision a Huge Step in the Wrong Direction

23rd November 2018

Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill Passes Final Stage in Oireachtas

16th November 2018

Time to Rise Up and Defend Our Planet

15th November 2018

Green Party Leaders on Brexit “Least Damaging” Deal

7th November 2018

Greens Seeking ‘Just Transition’ to a Climate-Friendly Economy

31st October 2018

Government Position on Offshore Drilling Yet Another Step in the Wrong Direction

30th October 2018

WWF Report Offers Yet Another Stark Warning for Our Planet

24th October 2018

Green Party Welcomes EU Move to Ban Single-Use Plastics, Calls for More Action at Home

24th October 2018

Nature Knows No Border: Green Party Hosts Brexit Environmental Land Rights Briefing for TDs and Senators

17th October 2018

Greens Welcome Cabinet Approval of Long Overdue Microbeads Bill

4th October 2018

Green Party Launches Pre-Budget Submission

11th July 2018

Ryan: New Oireachtas Climate Committee should have central role in drafting National Energy and Climate Plan

14th June 2018

Greens renew call for ban on microbeads following NUIG report

24th May 2018

Green Party motion to protect oceans passes in Seanad