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Malcolm Noonan

Councillor for Kilkenny City West

My vision for Carlow – Kilkenny

I would like to see thriving rural and urban sustainable and inclusive communities across Carlow and Kilkenny, collaborating towards common goals of interdependence.

What I stand for

I stand for integrity and honesty in politics. I stand by the principles of social justice, equality and support for ecological and inclusive communities where the the challenges and opportunities we face are shared collectively and collaboratively.


My Priorities

These are my main priorities as a Green political and community activist:

  • An integrated rural and urban network of inclusive public transport and an ambitious plan for a modal shift towards walking and cycling in urban centres.
  • Kilkenny as a Centre of Creative Design and Making with a Third Level Commercial Creative Arts College.
  • Good quality training and employment opportunities for young people within the South-East region.
  • Heritage led regeneration of our towns and villages that also address our housing needs through sustainable urban living.

My Experience

I am Green Party Spokesperson for Local Government, Regional Development, and Rural Affairs and have been a Green Party City and County Councillor in Kilkenny since 2004, serving as Mayor of Kilkenny in 2009. Before entering politics I spent twenty years as a community and environmental activist with Friends of the Earth. My academic background is in rural development and I campaign on issues ranging from natural and built heritage, transport, young people’s issues, integration and social inclusion to participation in the arts. I contested the Leadership of the Green Party in 2011, the Carlow-Kilkenny Bye-Election in 2015 and the General Election in 2016. I have contributed to European urban built heritage policy and have a particular interest in the conservation and economic development of Irish towns and villages.

Latest activities

27th June 2019

Take money from greyhound racing and give it to animal welfare and environmental groups: Greens

11th June 2019

Greens call for universal standard of transparency and openness in Local Government

1st May 2019

Every place matters in the effort to tackle climate change: Greens

23rd April 2019

Greens propose establishment of dedicated Climate Action Committee in every Local Authority

20th February 2019

Greens urge Local Authorities to leave areas wild for pollinators

4th February 2019

Greens give cautious welcome to proposals for directly elected Mayors

30th November 2018

Local Communities Must Be Given More Power to Halt Economic Decline

29th November 2018

Green Party Questions Opening of Morning Greyhound Racing in Kilkenny

12th November 2018

Greens Urge Government to Extend Vacant Sites Levy Process

1st November 2018

Ireland Can Take Collective Community Action to Halt Biodiversity Loss

24th October 2018

Maintain Jobs and Kickstart the Midlands Energy Transition

18th July 2018

Kilkenny designates Black and Amber Garden Bumblebee as County Insect

30th June 2018

Noonan: Heat-wave exposes the short-sightedness of Water Charge abolition

19th June 2018

Noonan: Illegal dumping ‘nothing short of environmental treason’

28th May 2018

Noonan calls for restrictions on posters following Repeal campaign

16th May 2018

Noonan: Local Authorities failing in accountability and transparency

15th April 2018

Noonan: Scenes at Public Meeting not reflective of an inclusive Kilkenny

4th April 2018

Greens call for community-led response to Syrian refugee intake