My vision for Dublin Rathdown
I am always reminded when I meet people out and about in Dublin Rathdown of their great sense of community.
I will continue work towards a community which reflects true equality and is green, sustainable, inclusive, interconnected and vibrant – so that we can leave to our children and grandchildren a safe, fair community that shows respect for our environment and our society.
What I stand for
I stand for constructive Green politics and constructive Green solutions.
I am committed to supporting local businesses through proper planning, with improved transportation and the provision of schools, health services, recreational areas and amenities which are essential to building a true community.
I have fought for a change in our approach to housing provision – calling for the state to provide a cost-rental model of affordable housing and to assist homeowners dealing with defects; I have fought for equality in schooling by removing the Baptism Barrier, and for pay equality across the public service; I have fought for the preservation of our wildlife and our natural heritage.
I will continue to work for a fairer, safer and more inclusive society and a Green, sustainable Ireland.
- Investment in housing, health and wellbeing in our local communities
- Placing climate issues and solutions to the forefront of the political agenda
- True equality of access and opportunity in education
- Creating jobs in an innovative green economy
- Fair, transparent and effective governance for our country
Originally from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Catherine is the Green Party T.D. for the constituency of Dublin Rathdown since February 2016 and has served as Deputy Leader since 2011. In June 2020, she was appointed as Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media upon the formation of Government.
In November 2017, Catherine founded the Oireachtas Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and was elected as its inaugural Chair for the 32nd Dáil term. She now serves as a member on the Caucus’ Working Group.
A graduate from NUI Maynooth and a classical singer, Catherine taught English and Music in St Tiernan’s Community School in Dundrum, Dublin, for 16 years prior to being elected to the Dáil. She was a Councillor on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from 2014 to 2016, and she served on the boards of the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education Training Board, Dundrum and Stillorgan Colleges of Further Education and St. Tiernan’s Community School.
She lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.