Neasa Hourigan is TD for Dublin Central, where she was elected in Feb 2020. Prior to this, she was a Councillor on Dublin City Council for under a year, serving the Cabra-Glasnevin local electoral area.
Neasa has served as Green Party Policy Council chair for a number of years and is currently the Green Party spokesperson on Finance and the whip of the Parliamentary Party.
Before being elected as a TD, Neasa was a city councillor and a carer to her eldest daughter who has a visual impairment. She has a professional background as a specialist in creating sustainable communities and was a university lecturer in environmental development and design. She and her family have lived in Cabra, Dublin 7 for 15 years.
Neasa campaigned on three priorities
- Decent, affordable housing
- A livable, active city – especially making the city more accessible for pedestrians and the diabled. Neasa runs the DublinBlockers twitter account and founded the Irish Pedestrian Network
- A more sustainable future – the environmental policies we all know and love, with a particular focus on city issues e.g. air quality, public transport and protecting the Phoenix Park.
In her role as a TD, Neasa will continue to be an advocate for the disabled community. Her finance brief crosses a lot of departments (i.e. ensuring there is funding for initiatives such as housing, retrofit, development of renewals, green transport, etc.). The finance specific areas she has been working on as a TD could be summed up by “fairness”:
- Fairness for employees and communities than want a share in their local businesses
- Fairness for the environment
- Fairness for consumers of financial products
- Fairness for our European neighbours
- Fairness for Irish tax payers
- Fairness for everybody
Three things you may not know …
- Neasa has a massive record collection, her pre-election fundraiser was a DJ night.
- Think of the astronauts, Neasa is pronounced “NASA”
- Neasa is from Limerick and as a kid went to play school with Brian Leddin TD
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