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Neasa Hourigan

Teachta Dála for Dublin Central

Spokesperson for Finance, Public Expenditure and Health.

My vision for Dublin Central

I believe in a Dublin that is fair, accessible and affordable for every person who lives here. As  a specialist in sustainable community design I am committed to protecting and increasing access to decent housing, green space in the city, safe and walkable streets and provision for public transport.

What I stand for

I joined the Green Party in 2011 with a clear conviction that Ireland needs a voice at national level on sustainable and ethical living, climate change and alternatives to the current government strategy which places the health of our economy above the health and wellbeing of people and their families. Having lived in Cabra for 15 years I have watched successive governments fail some of the most vulnerable in our society due to a failure to appreciate caring and quality of life issues at great cost to our communities.

My Priorities

As a full time carer for a disabled child I will work towards communities where we all can enjoy safe and accessible streets, affordable access to housing and services, food security, peace and equal opportunities.

  • Disability Rights: I believe that persons with disabilities are not sufficiently cared for by the state, particularly in areas such as housing, education and healthcare. This is an issue close to my heart and I will fight for increased access to employment and the provision of healthcare and appropriate supporting therapies to all persons where needed.
  • Housing Provision: At the most basic level I am opposed to relying on the private sector to build either social or affordable housing and I believe that the State must stop the sale of state lands to private developers or otherwise incentivising the private sector to do what should be done by our government.
  • Livable City: A lack of public transport and alternative provision for cyclists and pedestrians, poor enforcement of traffic rules, and a city council that is under funded and poorly staffed has led to neighbourhoods that need support and vision to improve them. I am committed to safer, fairer and more cohesive communities for Dublin.

My experience

During my professional career I have worked in the private and public sector as an architect and a consultant in sustainability on a number of major infrastructure projects in Ireland including as an environmental design specialist on the Mater Adult Hospital in our constituency. My professional experience includes:

  •      Lecturer in Sustainable Design and Materials at Queen’s University Belfast from 2010 to 2016
  •      Head of Sustainable Design for Scott Tallon Walker Architects, Dublin
  •      BBC Expert Woman’s Panel 2015
  •      Green Party Chair of Policy Council 2016-2018 and Deputy Chair of Policy Council 2015-2016

Latest activities

7th September 2020

Three Green Party TDs selected to chair Oireachtas Committees

28th May 2020

Introducing Neasa Hourigan TD

21st May 2020

Cooperatives should be an integral part of rebuilding our economy

7th May 2020

Green Party announce their negotiating team for government formation talks

7th May 2020

Time to end charity fundraising in the disability sector say Greens

30th April 2020

Green Party Spokespeople

29th April 2020

We need to protect consumers against predatory financial institutions

8th April 2020

Europe must show solidarity in response to global economic crisis – Greens

6th April 2020

We need fair and common sense tax residency rules – Greens

19th March 2020

Minister must push banks for mortgage break commitment – Greens

5th February 2020

‘Who is going to listen to the science?’ – Greens

1st February 2020

Over 20,000 homes could be built on public lands in Dublin City – Greens

24th January 2020

Cost of climate inaction is €7.6bn a year, time to act is now

17th January 2020

Green Party launch Air Quality Policy

16th January 2020

Greens say injuries to homeless man highlights gravity of housing crisis

5th December 2019

Greens warn of over €1.5bn loss to State if rezoning levies issue not remedied

26th November 2019

Dublin City Council budget: key win for cycling amid government cuts – Greens

8th October 2019

Budget 2020 prioritises business over quality of life – Greens

4th October 2019

Green Party councillors are calling for urgent action to save Moore Street market

3rd October 2019

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

14th September 2019

Despite ‘Brexit Budget’, cost of Fine Gael climate inaction set to skyrocket – Greens

13th June 2019

No to co-living, yes to co-housing, say Greens

17th May 2019

Minister for Justice abdicating responsibility regarding dangerous scrambler bikes

13th May 2019

Greens call on OPW to ‘rewild’ the Phoenix Park

25th September 2018

‘Make Way Day’ Exposes Need for New Street Strategy

28th August 2018

Dublin Housing Occupation is an Important Moment of Civic Action