Neasa Hourigan is the Green Party candidate for Dublin Central in the next general election. She is a mother of three and a full time carer for her oldest child. She has a professional background as a specialist in creating sustainable communities and was a university lecturer in environmental development and design. She has lived in Cabra for 15 years where she is active in the local community.
I joined the Green Party in 2011 with a clear conviction that Ireland needs a voice at national level on sustainable and ethical living, climate change and critical environmental matters. I trained as an architect who specialises in sustainable development and I have worked as a consultant and university lecturer in this field. I have a masters in environmental design and a postgrad in third level education.
During my professional career I have worked in the private and public sector as an architect and a consultant in sustainability on a number of major infrastructural projects in Ireland including as an environmental design specialist on the recent Mater Adult Hospital in our constituency. My professional experience includes:
- Lecturer in Sustainable Design and Materials at Queens University Belfast from 2010 to 2016
- Head of Sustainable Design for Scott Tallon Walker Architects, Dublin
- BBC Expert Woman's Panel 2015
- Green Party Chair of Policy Council 2016-2017 and Deputy Chair of Policy Council 2015-2016
As a full time carer for a disabled child I will work towards communities where we all can enjoy safe and accessible streets, affordable access to housing and services, food security, peace and equal opportunities
I have been involved in community volunteer work for many years including work with Age Action Ireland, helping to establish and run a charity shop for a charity for the visually impaired and volunteering every week at my local Day Centre where I run a therapeutic art class.
What I want to achieve
- A national housing agency that delivers government run and funded affordable housing to everyone
- Decent housing standards that are properly enforced
- Streets that are safe to walk, cycle and play in for all people
- Communities that are free from gangland crime and anti social behaviour
- Fairly distributed and publicly owned resources such as water
- Properly organised and enforced services for waste, recycling and energy