Patrick Costello

Teachta Dála for Dublin South Central

Spokesperson for Justice.

My vision for Dublin South Central

I want Dublin to be a more community-focused and sustainable city; a vibrant city built for people.

What I stand for

I stand for investing in communities – working to ensure that they are well planned, sustainable and have space for all.

My priorities

    • Ireland needs quality public housing – we need to build more homes, for all ages and incomes. Yet there is very little building happening, either public or private. This needs to change.
    • We must empower community development. As we face the challenges of today we can come together to help and support each other. The community sector has been let down again and again. The Green Party will reform community development structures so they empower communities.
    • Ireland needs sustainable transport – we need to support cycling, walking and public transport. This will not only help us face the challenge of climate change, it will also make our towns and cities cleaner and more accessible.
    • We need to face up to Climate Change. While we can all make individual changes what is needed is serious action from government to make a real difference in relation to Climate Change. This government has failed again and again. We need a new government that will act now.

My experience

I am a child protection social worker who previously worked in homeless and addiction services. I am a local scout leader and a volunteer board member of a youth project in Crumlin. I currently sit on the Housing Committee and the Planning Committee of Dublin City Council, and I am the Green Party Spokesperson on Transport.

Latest activities

3rd December 2021

Migrant regularisation scheme ‘will open doors and opportunities for thousands of people’

22nd June 2021

New rules for minor offences critical step in justice reform, says Patrick Costello TD

23rd April 2021

Recognition for long-term undocumented migrants finally on its way says Green Party

3rd February 2021

CRU must address serious discrepancies in premiums between pay-as-you-go and direct debit customers – Costello

25th November 2020

Rape-crisis budgets must reflect surge in sexual based violence – Costello

30th October 2020

Debate on non-essential retail items tone deaf to needs of lower-income families – Patrick Costello TD

13th October 2020

Additional Garda recruits must be used to strengthen community policing – Costello

29th June 2020

Dublin gets three new Green Mayors

12th June 2020

Food banks cannot become sticking plaster for rise in food poverty – Costello

19th May 2020

New approach is needed to tackle escalation of crime in Bluebell – Patrick Costello TD

14th May 2020

Healthcare workers urgently need a new solution for childcare

12th May 2020

Minister must ensure TUSLA is ready for post-Covid-19 referral surge

1st May 2020

Funding for PPE urgently needed for Local Drug and Alcohol Task Forces

30th April 2020

Green Party News

22nd April 2020

Crèches facing permanent closure if correct supports are not put in place – Greens

15th April 2020

Delay in wage subsidy childcare scheme not good enough – Greens

9th April 2020

Introducing Patrick Costello TD

8th April 2020

International Traveller and Roma Day highlights the need for stronger Covid-19 supports for vulnerable communities

4th March 2020

Green Party welcomes the publication of revised plans for BusConnects project.

29th January 2020

Dublin rated most congested city in Western Europe

17th January 2020

Green Party launch Air Quality Policy

16th January 2020

Greens say injuries to homeless man highlights gravity of housing crisis

26th November 2019

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

18th November 2019

How many other routes could be 24-hour with proper investment? – Greens

8th November 2019

Now we are at ‘peak car’ can we please invest in public transport?

8th November 2019

Greens call on Minister to show leadership on cycling safety

8th October 2019

Budget 2020 treats cycling as a mere token investment – Greens

6th August 2019

No investment in electric charge points since 2016 shows lack of leadership from Minister Ross: Greens

26th July 2019

Planning refusal for supervised injection facility puts lives at risk – Green Party

8th June 2019

Green Party Councillors Secure Progressive Green Charter for Dublin City

23rd May 2019

Green Party concerned at ongoing failure to manage coach parking for 3 Arena concerts

12th April 2019

Airbnb regulations will not be effective without the ‘sharing platform’ sharing information with the authorities: Greens

3rd March 2019

Greens on Dublin City Council call for protection of abortion service

22nd February 2019

We need to alter not abandon southside MetroLink: Greens

23rd January 2019

Byrne expresses disappointment at An Bord Pleanala approval for hotel development on Portobello Harbour

18th December 2018

Greens reiterate call for reliefs for homeowners of legacy defects

25th October 2018

Action on Short-term Lettings is Too little Too Late, Variation of Development Plan Now Needed

17th October 2018

Greens Express Dismay at Bord Pleanála Decision to Refuse College Green Plaza

31st May 2018

Costello: Full-time commercial AirBnB landlords not paying rates

30th May 2018

Government grossly exaggerating housing completions by including ‘turnkey acquisitions’ in figures

15th May 2018

Action at EU level the only way to end bloodshed in Palestine

6th April 2018

Minister for Housing has questions to answer over Poolbeg SDZ social housing appeal