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Catherine Martin

Green Party Deputy Leader & Teachta Dála

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.