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Minister of State Joe O’Brien

Teachta Dála for Dublin Fingal

Spokesperson for Community Development & Charities


My vision for Fingal

I want to see a vibrant county, that cherishes diversity, equality and its natural environment. A place where our villages and towns offer communities a safe, healthy and interconnected place to grow up and grow old in.

What I stand for

I am a progressive voice for Dublin Fingal that stands for:
  • Equality and human rights
  • Transparency and integrity in public and political life
  • Innovation and sustainability in how we develop our local and national economies
  • Protection of our natural environment at a local, national and global level

My priorities

  • Housing and homelessness. We need stronger voices to hold the government to account on its failure to provide affordable homes for an increasing number of people. The crisis is escalating and I will bring my record on standing up to injustice and inaction to the table. A larger-scale State house building programme is required.
  • Community friendly development. Dublin Fingal needs to develop in a well-planned manner to ensure that our housing, transport, education, childcare and leisure infrastructure are well integrated and designed to nurture community and family life.
  • A fair and sustainable economy. Our vulnerable economy needs to be strengthened in a very fundamental way. We need to focus on supporting indigenous business and innovation to create higher quality sustainable jobs. The economic adaptations required due to climate change offer opportunities to move the economy away from over-dependence on fossil fuel imports, multinationals and the tax we allow them to forgo.

My experience

A candidate at the most recent General and Local Elections, I am leading the rebuilding of the Green Party in Dublin Fingal. I have been an advocate for human rights all my professional life at home and abroad. I have carried out influential research, policy and advocacy work on minority access issues to the social protection and homelessness systems. A former whistleblower on undercounting of homelessness I am a strong advocate of greater transparency in public and political life.

Latest activities

3rd November 2020

Wellbeing Indicators and not GDP should be used to indicate progress in Ireland

2nd July 2020

Three new Green Ministers announced

4th June 2020

Mandatory face coverings needed on public transport

22nd May 2020

Local Authorities must push cultural shift in driver attitudes towards speed limits

15th May 2020

Any State stake in Aer Lingus must come with conditions, including worker protection and decarbonisation

13th May 2020

Public transport projects need priority post Covid-19 – Greens

30th April 2020

Greens call for cash refunds for airline customers

30th April 2020

Green Party News

29th April 2020

Greens call for the protection of regional rail routes

21st April 2020

Green Party calls for free fares on Bus Éireann for essential workers

17th April 2020

Greens ask for State recognition of frontline Covid-19 victims and protection for their families

27th February 2020

Green Party welcomes newly co-opted councillors.

12th December 2019

Families, the elderly, and people with disabilities are being discriminated against by Irish Rail, case taken by Green TD proves

27th November 2019

Greens amend Fingal Budget to fund climate action, parking enforcement and motorway noise reduction

19th November 2019

Fine Gael must cut ties with Verona Murphy over dangerous comments

13th November 2019

Green Party water expert warns Ireland is heading for more European fines over sewage

7th November 2019

Greens welcome new ‘School Street’ scheme – where an entire road is pedestrianised around school pick-up and drop-off

4th November 2019

Taoiseach’s comments on migrants risk taking debate on immigration down a dangerous path

25th September 2019

New Dublin runway will damage health of local communities – O’Brien