Steven Matthews

Teachta Dála Wicklow

Spokesperson for Planning and Local Government.

My vision for Wicklow

Is for a county where people want to live, work and create employment. I want liveable communities for all to enjoy, in towns that provide affordable housing, good public transport, employment opportunities and well managed public open spaces for recreation.

What I stand for

My background in planning, environmental management and transport enables me to create policies that can make that vision a reality. A county that has good transport, a clean environment and affordable well-planned housing and employment opportunities will thrive. A sustainable economy can provide for all our health, education and social needs.

My priorities

  • To ensure that Wicklow’s growth is sustainable for our economic, environmental and societal needs, now and for the next generation. To be a leader on tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • To make more publicly owned lands available for provision of affordable, good quality, well designed, energy-efficient housing by local authority and housing agencies.
  • To reduce traffic congestion and commuting time on the N11 and N81 by investing more in public transport, park and ride, linking our towns, providing better, safer walking and cycleways within our towns, and planning our towns for sustainable growth.
  • To invest more in our public open spaces, our parks, playgrounds and natural environment, not just for tourism but for those that live in Wicklow.

My experience

I am a Wicklow County Councillor representing the Bray District area of North Wicklow. I am a BSc graduate of DIT Planning and Environmental Management. I served an electrical apprenticeship with Irish Rail and work on railway signalling engineering.

 A Bray Town Councillor in 2008, I was elected to Wicklow County Council in 2014 and 2019 and was Cathaoirleach of Bray District in 2016 and 2019. I am a member of the Wicklow Planning Strategic Policy Committee, the East Midlands Regional Assembly and Co-Chair of the Climate and Biodiversity SPC. I am the Green Party Spokesperson on Water. 

I have worked for years on protecting our natural environment, on climate action, inappropriate development and improving public spaces and public transport in Wicklow. 

I live in Bray and I am married with two young children.

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