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.

Latest activities

22nd February 2022

New bill seeks to address ‘the blight’ of vacant and derelict housing in Ireland

16th February 2022

Planning exemptions for solar panel bills soon to become a reality – Greens welcome update from the Taoiseach

14th February 2022

Steven Matthews TD welcomes public consultation on changing places for people with disabilities

4th February 2022

Town Centre First policy will ‘empower communities to create towns and villages we want to live in’

9th November 2021

National Transport Authority backs Green TD Steven Matthews’ DART to Wicklow Town proposal

2nd September 2021

Housing For All to address the housing and affordability crisis in Ireland

12th May 2021

‘An Taisce have an important role in the protection of our natural environment’ – Steven Matthews TD

7th September 2020

Three Green Party TDs selected to chair Oireachtas Committees

8th June 2020

Greens encourage people to shop local to help kick-start our post-Covid recovery

28th May 2020

Local Authorities need to lead off on opening up plans for towns

21st May 2020

Greens raise further concerns on maternity leave issue

19th May 2020

Greens call for disused public buildings to be repurposed as innovation and incubation hubs

5th May 2020

Greens call for car free zones in urban centres to support businesses and social distancing requirements – Matthews

30th April 2020

Greens call for cash refunds for airline customers

30th April 2020

Green Party News

27th April 2020

Greens call for Government to address maternity leave issue in Wage Subsidy Scheme

24th April 2020

Greens call for solution for businesses locked out of wage subsidy scheme

17th April 2020

Greens call for extended safety supports for businesses as they look to reopen

16th April 2020

Insurance industry needs to do more for businesses during the Covid-19 crisis – Greens

9th April 2020

Greens want government arbitration scheme to help businesses and commercial landlords through Covid-19

9th April 2020

Government must do more to help struggling businesses survive the Covid-19 crisis – Greens

26th March 2020

Introducing Steven Matthews TD