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

Despicable treatment of staff at The Body Shop must be investigated

The Government must consider all possible measures to vindicate the rights of former staff of The Body Shop after the sudden closure of the company’s Irish branches, according to Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy. Deputy Murphy, who is the party’s spokesperson on enterprise, trade and employment, said: “It is completely unacceptable for employees of The […]

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Revised €2.2 billion cost of National Children’s Hospital likely to be a conservative estimate

The final cost of delivering the new National Children’s Hospital is likely to exceed the €2.24 billion projected by the Government and may not be known for years, according to Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy. Deputy Murphy, who is vice-chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said: “Confirmation from the Minister for Health today that the […]

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High visibility policing would be more effective than extra bank holiday penalty points

A Government proposal to increase penalty points for motorists on bank holiday weekends should not be a substitute for high visibility policing and enhanced enforcement of road traffic legislation, according to Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy. Deputy Murphy, who is the party’s spokesperson on justice, said: “In response to the worrying rise in road deaths […]

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