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28th May 2020 | Blog post, Green Gazette

Introducing Neasa Hourigan TD

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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”:

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