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

Former Soc Dems co-leaders will not contest the next general election

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has paid tribute to former Social Democrats co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall after they announced they will not contest the forthcoming general election. The former co-leaders made the announcement this morning saying it was time for a new generation to take over. Catherine Murphy said: “I love my job […]

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Statement by Catherine Murphy TD

I love my job and have always had a deep passion for my work and tackling the many pressing social, environmental, economic, and governmental issues we still face. However, after more than 30 years in representational politics, now it is the right time for me to step back. I am therefore confirming I will not […]

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Multi-layered response to knife crime is needed

A multi-layered response is required to tackle knife crime across the country, according to Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy. Deputy Murphy, who is the party’s spokesperson on justice, said: “Figures supplied to me through a parliamentary question give rise to serious concerns. “According to the Department of Justice, more than 18,000 knives have been seized […]

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