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Meet Catherine

Catherine Murphy is a co-founder of the Social Democrats and a TD for Kildare North.

Catherine entered politics over 30 years ago as a town councillor for her local area, following years of community activism on a range of issues. She was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2005 following a by-election in Kildare North.

Catherine is vocal on a wide range of issues, including institutional reform, climate change, planning sustainable communities, affordable housing and fighting for those most vulnerable in our society.

Tenacious, passionate, and always ready to stand up for what she believes in, Catherine has, and continues to be, a strong advocate for more accountability in politics and public life.

I believe in an Ireland where high quality public services, strong communities and a thriving economy combine to create a fairer society.

Catherine’s Priorities

  • Ensure solid governance and the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Agency.
  • Champion honest politics.
  • Invest in public services that serve the public.
  • Achieve a fair distribution of resources and services.
  • Ensure sustainable and proper planning.

Latest News

Minister must publish methodology used to calculate baseline LPT funding for local authorities

Clarity needed on whether census data on population growth was used when allocating additional funds to local authorities Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy has called on the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to publish the methodology used by the working group that reviewed the model of baseline funding to local authorities from Local […]

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Minister must address parents’ concerns over School Transport Scheme

Bus Éireann needs to clarify the numbers affected by driver shortages and give a timeline for resolution of the issue  The Social Democrats have called on Bus Éireann and the Department of Education to immediately outline what steps will be taken to address serious shortcomings in the operation of the School Transport Scheme. Jennifer Whitmore, […]

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Government has lost control of National Children’s Hospital project

Minister for Health unable to provide details of new completion date or an estimate of final costs for troubled development The Minister for Health’s inability to provide a revised completion date or estimate of final costs for the new National Children’s Hospital shows that the Government has lost control of the project, according to Social […]

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