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first_img Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 3:12 PM 31,910 Views By Cianan Brennan Apr 15th 2017, 3:12 PM 55 Comments ‘I’m thrilled for him’ – former Green Party leader Trevor Sargent aiming to become Church of Ireland priest Sargent led the political party for six years between 2001 and 2007. Share Tweet Email center_img http://jrnl.ie/3342231 Ryan added that the party, whom Sargent continues to informally advise as a committed environmentalist, were aware of the direction he was taking.“We knew of his interest in theology and the Church of Ireland of course,” he said.I think there’s a connection there, between green politics and a certain kind of spirituality. It makes a lot of sense for Trevor, and I’m thrilled for him.Read: ‘We want people to know what’s going on’ – Why Venezuelans will be protesting in Dublin todayRead: Illuminated and flown 24/7: Government Building’s new plan for the tricolour Trevor Sargent, pictured in 2009 Source: Rollingnews.ieFORMER GREEN PARTY leader Trevor Sargent is set to become a minister of the faith in the Church of Ireland.In an interview with today’s Irish Independent Review magazine, Sargent confirms that he is training as an ordinand at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, while simultaneously studying for a Theology Masters at Trinity College Dublin.Should all go to plan, Sargent would first become a deacon before then ascending to the priesthood.Sargent led the Green Party for six years between 2001 and 2007. He served as Minister for Horticulture in the following government before losing his seat in Dublin North in the 2011 election.He now lives in Wexford where he works in organic horticulture.Today, current Greens leader Eamon Ryan said that he is “thrilled” for his former colleague.“As a friend and colleague, I’m thrilled for Trevor,” he said this afternoon.I think it’s a natural fit for him, it’s not a surprise. I think it’ll be great for him. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more