Marc Ó Cathasaigh

Teachta Dála

Spokesperson for Social Protection

Marc Ó Cathasaigh, Spokesperson for Social Protection
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I want Waterford City and County to be a place of vibrant and resilient communities, where we can live, work and build a future together.

I believe that we have to make Waterford City a driver for the entire Southeast, where people from the across the county and the wider region can access a full range of services, from health to education to employment. I believe in a fair society where we work together to solve the challenges we face, while protecting our most vulnerable.

My priorities

To demand that key services are made available in Waterford, from 24/7 Cardiac Care to Mental Health Services in University Hospital, Waterford, to securing University status for WIT.

To deliver transformative change in how we address the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, with increased investment in active and public transport coupled with changes in how we use our land, produce our energy and heat our homes.

To bring life back to the heart of our urban communities, making our town centres and villages places to do business, but also to live, socialise and raise a family. To maintain the fabric of our rural communities by delivering sustainable jobs in the new Green Economy.

To plan properly for Waterford’s future and that of all our people, allowing our city and county to grow sustainably, and to make that growth benefit all our citizens, and not just the wealthy few.


I am originally from Butlerstown but now live in Tramore, Co Waterford with my wife and three young boys. I was honoured to be elected to Waterford Council in the Local Elections 2019 representing Tramore and Waterford City East. I was then elected to the 33rd Dáil in the 2020 General Election where I am honoured to represent the people of Waterford City and County in Dáil Éireann. I am currently the Green Party Spokesperson on Social Protection. Having graduated from UCC with an MA in English, I studied Primary Teaching in Coláiste Mhuire, Marino, and taught in Glór na Mara National School up to the General Election of 2020. I am a two-time Ironman, a member of Waterford Triathlon Club and Chairperson of Waterford Cycling Campaign.

Marc Ó Cathasaigh, Spokesperson for Social Protection with his wife Róisín