Eamonn Ryan is a cute one. Nothing he does is accidental. The absurdly provocative call for rural families to massively restrict car use was issued with a purpose.
The only question is, what purpose? Well i think it was meant deliberately to do damage to the Green Party vote in rural Ireland, and especially to the popularity of Saoirse McHugh.
McHugh is a left-winger. Ryan is a right winger, as are the rest of the long-embedded conservative green leadership. McHugh is a challenge to their hegemony over the party and yes I reckon they would prefer her NOT to get elected in the next GE.
Getting rid of the McHugh problem will smooth the re- entry of Ryan and co into coalition govt and all the personal power and pension that comes with it.