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Catherine Martin

Green Party Deputy Leader & Teachta Dála for Dublin Rathdown

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.

My priorities

  • 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

My experience

I am a mother of three and was a teacher of English and Music at St. Tiernan’s Community School in Dundrum for 15 years prior to my election to the Dáil.

I have represented the constituency of Dublin Rathdown since February 2016, having previously been elected to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

I was elected as Deputy Leader of the Green Party in 2011 and I am the Green Party’s Education Spokesperson. In the Oireachtas, I am a member of both the Future of Mental Healthcare Committee and the Education and Skills Committee and Chair of the Oireachtas Women’s Parliamentary Caucus.

Latest activities

21st September 2020

Green Party re-elects Catherine Martin TD as Deputy Leader

27th June 2020

Meet your new Green Ministerial Team

26th June 2020

Green Party membership approve entering government

26th May 2020

Leaving Cert grades portal needs to be available in Irish – Greens

14th May 2020

Sixth class children must be given opportunity to say goodbye to their school communities

8th May 2020

Leaving Cert ‘Plan B’ must guarantee fairness for students

7th May 2020

Green Party announce their negotiating team for government formation talks

30th April 2020

Green Party Spokespeople

9th April 2020

Special Needs Assistants need clarity on redeployment situation

26th March 2020

Message from Green Party Deputy Leader, Catherine Martin T.D.

20th March 2020

Minister must bring together cross-party group to discuss impact of COVID 19 restrictions on education – Greens

10th January 2020

School secretaries need to be valued and supported – Greens

8th November 2019

Greens call on Minister to show leadership on cycling safety

7th November 2019

Homeowners with latent defects have been abandoned by Government

4th November 2019

Taoiseach’s comment on ‘benefits’ of climate change undermines meaningful action

1st November 2019

Greens welcome the election of Pippa Hackett to the Seanad

31st October 2019

Minister should end Strategic Housing Development process and properly resource local planning authorities instead

8th October 2019

Budget 2020 leaves us vulnerable in the event of a no-deal Brexit – Greens

3rd October 2019

Budget 2020 must begin a decade long strategy for a carbon neutral Ireland – Greens

18th September 2019

Ireland needs strong supports for communities impacted by the move away from fossil fuels – Greens

12th September 2019

Martin: Government should recognise asylum seekers living in direct provision as domestic students for accessing third-level education

5th September 2019

Minister must take immediate action to end practice of short school days – Greens

9th July 2019

Amend ‘women in the home’ article to support caring work: Greens

13th June 2019

Dáil recognises the need to revise National Development Plan to tackle climate breakdown

28th May 2019

Fine Gael insincerity on Climate Action exposed as drilling licences granted

17th May 2019

Minister for Justice abdicating responsibility regarding dangerous scrambler bikes

10th May 2019

End ‘gesture politics’ and follow the climate emergency declaration with ACTION, say Green Party

9th May 2019

Green Party put Climate Emergency Declaration front and centre in the Dáil

18th April 2019

Surely, as a former Geography teacher, Minister McHugh values Geography on the curriculum?: Greens

2nd April 2019

Extension of Rent Pressure Zones to 2021 welcome, but long term solutions needed – Catherine Martin TD

1st April 2019

Greens call for independent building regulator

27th March 2019

Higher education sector needs clarity on how Government will close funding gap: Greens

11th March 2019

Government’s inaction on latent defects is abject abandonment of its public safety role: Greens

5th March 2019

Mixed messages from Government unhelpful to homeowners facing huge bills from latent defects: Greens

13th February 2019

Event notice: Local Election Launch

6th February 2019

Green Party launch a Bill to cut the impact of cancer-causing radon gas and improve rental housing standards

29th January 2019

Greens welcome report on Relationships and Sexuality Education

18th December 2018

Greens reiterate call for reliefs for homeowners of legacy defects

21st November 2018

Northern Irish Assembly Caucus and Oireachtas Parliamentary Women’s Caucus to Hold First Ever Joint Meeting

16th November 2018

Time to Rise Up and Defend Our Planet

25th October 2018

Effective Lines of Communication with Schools are Essential During Auditing Process

23rd October 2018

Green Party Calls on Government to Support Waste Reduction Bill

11th October 2018

National Development Plan Not Fit for Purpose

9th October 2018

Fine Gael ignore climate change in a pre-election budget which has no long term vision for our future

4th October 2018

Green Party Launches Pre-Budget Submission

27th September 2018

Green Party Endorses President Michael D Higgins for Second Term

13th September 2018

Land Agency proposal cannot be just another giveaway to private developers.

5th September 2018

Martin: Give ‘Women in the Home’ referendum its deserved Oireachtas scrutiny

4th July 2018

Article 41.2 – Amend, Don’t Delete

13th June 2018

Martin: A year on, Government must clarify timeline for re-opening Stepaside Garda Station

8th June 2018

Martin: Government must offer relief to owners of defective homes

26th May 2018

Referendum result ‘a dignified, compassionate revolution’

24th May 2018

Martin: Boom-era building defects risk financially ruining families

25th April 2018

Government must act to relieve pressure on homeowners of defective buildings

28th March 2018

Fine Gael don’t have the inclination, interest, or ability to solve the homelessness crisis