Minister Catherine Martin

Green Party Deputy Leader & Teachta Dála for Dublin Rathdown

Spokesperson for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media

My vision for Dublin Rathdown

I am always reminded when I meet people out and about in Dublin Rathdown of their great sense of community.

I will continue work towards a community which reflects true equality and is green, sustainable, inclusive, interconnected and vibrant – so that we can leave to our children and grandchildren a safe, fair community that shows respect for our environment and our society.

What I stand for

I stand for constructive Green politics and constructive Green solutions.

I am committed to supporting local businesses through proper planning, with improved transportation and the provision of schools, health services, recreational areas and amenities which are essential to building a true community.

I have fought for a change in our approach to housing provision – calling for the state to provide a cost-rental model of affordable housing and to assist homeowners dealing with defects; I have fought for equality in schooling by removing the Baptism Barrier, and for pay equality across the public service; I have fought for the preservation of our wildlife and our natural heritage.

I will continue to work for a fairer, safer and more inclusive society and a Green, sustainable Ireland.

My priorities

  • Investment in housing, health and wellbeing in our local communities
  • Placing climate issues and solutions to the forefront of the political agenda
  • True equality of access and opportunity in education
  • Creating jobs in an innovative green economy
  • Fair, transparent and effective governance for our country


Originally from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Catherine is the Green Party T.D. for the constituency of Dublin Rathdown since February 2016 and has served as Deputy Leader since 2011. In June 2020, she was appointed as Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media upon the formation of Government.

In November 2017, Catherine founded the Oireachtas Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and was elected as its inaugural Chair for the 32nd Dáil term. She now serves as a member on the Caucus’ Working Group.

A graduate from NUI Maynooth and a classical singer, Catherine taught English and Music in St Tiernan’s Community School in Dundrum, Dublin, for 16 years prior to being elected to the Dáil. She was a Councillor on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from 2014 to 2016, and she served on the boards of the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education Training Board, Dundrum and Stillorgan Colleges of Further Education and St. Tiernan’s Community School.

She lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.

Latest activities

4th February 2022

#CountHerIn: ‘More Women Day’ highlights need for more women in politics

19th January 2022

New bank holiday will celebrate Irish women on Lá Fhéile Bríde

3rd December 2021

‘Our message as a Party then is one that resonates now with increasing urgency around the world’: Green Party marks 40th Anniversary

28th November 2021

Deputy Leader Catherine Martin’s speech to the Green Party Annual Convention

26th November 2021

‘We do politics differently because it must be done differently’: Green Party launches Annual Convention 2021

14th October 2021

Over €85 million secured for Irish language and Gaeltacht areas

12th October 2021

Securing protections for young people and families in budget key priority for Greens

15th September 2021

Night time economy report sets out to reignite Irish towns and cities, say Greens

13th September 2021

‘The time is now for transformational action for climate, communities and equality’, say Greens at kick off of annual think-in

9th September 2021

Green Ministers announce ban on smoky solid fuels, new recycling options and funding for outdoor dining

21st July 2021

Rob O’Donnell ceaptha ina Urlabhraí Gaeilge ag an gComhaontas Glas

6th July 2021

Almost 600 new social and affordable homes demonstrate influence of Greens in Government – Cllr Claire Byrne

27th June 2021

‘In an extremely challenging year, we have made climate, communities and equality key priorities’ – Green Party celebrates one year in Government

20th June 2021

‘Dublin should not just be a place to visit, but a city where you can afford to live and grow old’ 

1st June 2021

Green Party Minister Catherine Martin TD secures Basic Income Guarantee Pilot Scheme for artists – a first for Ireland

21st April 2021

Ireland to become leader on world stage as Green Party brings Climate Bill to the Dáil

16th April 2021

New hate crime legislation sends strong signal that peddling hate is not acceptable in Irish society

9th December 2020

Greens welcome Online Safety Bill as ‘crucial legislation’ in fight against cyberbullying

17th November 2020

Minister Catherine Martin welcomes publication of Arts & Culture recovery taskforce report

5th November 2020

Oireachtas briefing: Minister acknowledges the importance of sport, culture and tourism to well-being and mental health

29th October 2020

Green Party announces new Executive Committee for 2020/21

21st September 2020

Green Party re-elects Catherine Martin TD as Deputy Leader

27th June 2020

Meet your new Green Ministerial Team

26th June 2020

Green Party membership approve entering government

26th May 2020

Leaving Cert grades portal needs to be available in Irish – Greens

14th May 2020

Sixth class children must be given opportunity to say goodbye to their school communities

8th May 2020

Leaving Cert ‘Plan B’ must guarantee fairness for students

7th May 2020

Green Party announce their negotiating team for government formation talks

30th April 2020

Green Party News

9th April 2020

Special Needs Assistants need clarity on redeployment situation

26th March 2020

Message from Green Party Deputy Leader, Catherine Martin T.D.

20th March 2020

Minister must bring together cross-party group to discuss impact of COVID 19 restrictions on education – Greens

10th January 2020

School secretaries need to be valued and supported – Greens

8th November 2019

Greens call on Minister to show leadership on cycling safety

7th November 2019

Homeowners with latent defects have been abandoned by Government

4th November 2019

Taoiseach’s comment on ‘benefits’ of climate change undermines meaningful action

1st November 2019

Greens welcome the election of Pippa Hackett to the Seanad

31st October 2019

Minister should end Strategic Housing Development process and properly resource local planning authorities instead

8th October 2019

Budget 2020 leaves us vulnerable in the event of a no-deal Brexit – Greens

3rd October 2019

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

18th September 2019

Ireland needs strong supports for communities impacted by the move away from fossil fuels – Greens

12th September 2019

Martin: Government should recognise asylum seekers living in direct provision as domestic students for accessing third-level education

5th September 2019

Minister must take immediate action to end practice of short school days – Greens

9th July 2019

Amend ‘women in the home’ article to support caring work: Greens

13th June 2019

Dáil recognises the need to revise National Development Plan to tackle climate breakdown

28th May 2019

Fine Gael insincerity on Climate Action exposed as drilling licences granted

17th May 2019

Minister for Justice abdicating responsibility regarding dangerous scrambler bikes

10th May 2019

End ‘gesture politics’ and follow the climate emergency declaration with ACTION, say Green Party

9th May 2019

Green Party put Climate Emergency Declaration front and centre in the Dáil

18th April 2019

Surely, as a former Geography teacher, Minister McHugh values Geography on the curriculum?: Greens

2nd April 2019

Extension of Rent Pressure Zones to 2021 welcome, but long term solutions needed – Catherine Martin TD

1st April 2019

Greens call for independent building regulator

27th March 2019

Higher education sector needs clarity on how Government will close funding gap: Greens

11th March 2019

Government’s inaction on latent defects is abject abandonment of its public safety role: Greens

5th March 2019

Mixed messages from Government unhelpful to homeowners facing huge bills from latent defects: Greens

13th February 2019

Event notice: Local Election Launch

6th February 2019

Green Party launch a Bill to cut the impact of cancer-causing radon gas and improve rental housing standards

29th January 2019

Greens welcome report on Relationships and Sexuality Education

18th December 2018

Greens reiterate call for reliefs for homeowners of legacy defects

21st November 2018

Northern Irish Assembly Caucus and Oireachtas Parliamentary Women’s Caucus to Hold First Ever Joint Meeting

16th November 2018

Time to Rise Up and Defend Our Planet

25th October 2018

Effective Lines of Communication with Schools are Essential During Auditing Process

23rd October 2018

Green Party Calls on Government to Support Waste Reduction Bill

11th October 2018

National Development Plan Not Fit for Purpose

9th October 2018

Fine Gael ignore climate change in a pre-election budget which has no long term vision for our future

4th October 2018

Green Party Launches Pre-Budget Submission

27th September 2018

Green Party Endorses President Michael D Higgins for Second Term

13th September 2018

Land Agency proposal cannot be just another giveaway to private developers.

5th September 2018

Martin: Give ‘Women in the Home’ referendum its deserved Oireachtas scrutiny

4th July 2018

Article 41.2 – Amend, Don’t Delete

13th June 2018

Martin: A year on, Government must clarify timeline for re-opening Stepaside Garda Station

8th June 2018

Martin: Government must offer relief to owners of defective homes

26th May 2018

Referendum result ‘a dignified, compassionate revolution’

24th May 2018

Martin: Boom-era building defects risk financially ruining families

25th April 2018

Government must act to relieve pressure on homeowners of defective buildings

28th March 2018

Fine Gael don’t have the inclination, interest, or ability to solve the homelessness crisis