Muintir na hÉireann (Irish: [ˈmˠɪn̠ʲtʲəɾʲ n̪ˠə ˈheːɾʲən̪ˠ]; meaning "People of Ireland") was a minor political party in Ireland, with socially conservative and populist policies. It was founded in 1994 and active in the 1990s. The party had one public representative, former Green Party councillor Richard Greene, who served one term on Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council from 1991 to 1999. Greene left the Green Party in protest at its "left-wing social agenda", particularly its refusal to adopt an anti-abortion policy, and his party reflected his views on issues such as family values and the extradition of Irish republicans convicted of terrorist offenses to the United Kingdom.

Muintir na hÉireann
LeaderRichard Greene
Founded1994 (1994)
IdeologySocial conservatism

In 1995, Muintir supported independence of Chechnya from Russia.[1] The party endorsed Mildred Fox in the 1995 Wicklow by-election for her anti-abortion stance.[2]

In 1996, Muintir sought a boycott of Virgin Media for selling pornography.[3]

In late 1996, Greene's relationship with Muintir na hÉireann broke down.[4]

Though its archived website does not explicitly espouse Christian values in its opening statement, Barberis, McHugh and Tyldesley (2005) write that Muintir na hÉireann "asserts traditional social values derived from Christian and specifically Roman Catholic teaching".

Unlike Nora Bennis's contemporaneous conservative party, the National Party, Muintir did not contest the 1997 general election apart from Richard Greene's independent candidacy in Dublin South. Greene lost his council seat in the 1999 local elections. The party is defunct.


  1. ^ "Red Cross convoy carrying medical supplies reaches southern Chechnya". The Irish Times. 4 January 1995. p. 9.
  2. ^ Carroll, Joe (6 June 1995). "Pro family party backs women candidates". The Irish Times. p. 3.
  3. ^ "Party seeks boycott of Branson interests". The Irish Times. 26 March 1996. p. 6.
  4. ^ de Breadun, Deaglan (31 December 1996). "Muintir na hEireann factions in bitter dispute". The Irish Times. p. 5.
  • Barberis, Peter, John McHugh and Mike Tyldesley, 2005. Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organisations. London: Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8264-5814-9, ISBN 978-0-8264-5814-8