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Vincent P. Martin

Your North Kildare Green Party Candidate

Cllr. Vincent P. Martin

A New Green Voice for Kildare North

A Chara,

My main priority is to demand that our county receives the urgent and necessary increase in services and facilities to meet the significant increase in our population. Kildare already has the highest rate of under 25-year olds in the country, therefore it is clearly vital that we provide more schools, childcare, playgrounds, GPs, hospital facilities, investment in public transport services, safe pedestrian & cycling routes and proper traffic management.

míle buíochas



  • Real Climate Action for a safe, sustainable world for future generations.
  • A transport revolution that puts walking, cycling and public transport first.
  • A new form of public housing - affordable, accessible, for everyone.
  • A more inclusive, accessible education system - with no child left behind.
  • Social justice for those who have consistently been marginalised, ignored or oppressed.
  • A radical Improvement to our healthcare system.
  • School places and affordable childcare for all, and valuing the work of carers in our           homes and communities.


I am married with 2 young children so I am acutely aware of the massive pressure on childcare/school places in our county. My wife Hilda Cummins works locally as a GP and I am also aware of the urgent requirement to improve access for patients to medical services and better support for all our medical staff.


While I'm disappointed to fall so agonisingly short of securing a seat here in #KildareNorth, I am heartened by the campaign we ran and the warm reception we received on the doors. Unfortunately on this occasion, we have fallen short, but 5,100 first preference votes and receiving so many transfers has been a very encouraging result. 👏😊👏

I am enormously grateful to the voters in Kildare North who voted for me. I remain hugely committed to the progressive, quality of life focused, climate-focused message of Green Party Ireland and hope to have a chance to bring that message to the electorate again in the future. 💚🌏💚🌏

Congratulations to newly elected TD's Catherine Murphy, Elect Réada Cronin, Bernard Durkan and James Lawless. I believe they will be dedicated hard-working representatives for the people of Kildare North.

Congratulations also to my Green Party Ireland colleagues who had a strong performance in this election and look set to secure a strong number of seats in the next Dail. I'm particularly happy for my sister Catherine Martin T.D. who topped the poll in Dublin Rathdown and her husband Cllr. Francis Noel Duffy who remains in the running to take a seat in the Dublin South-West constituency.

Thank you to my team and volunteers who worked so hard on this campaign. You should all be very proud of the campaign you ran. 🙏🙏

Finally, thank you to my wife Hilda, my children and all the family and friends who offered such support over the last few months and weeks. This is a first big step and hopefully a postponement of a success. We'll be back! 👍😉

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Ultimately the Greens want a single-tier health system based on need rather than ability to pay. For this we need government commitment and a road map to get there, Right now we need investment in our struggling hospital system so it can meet our basic needs and proper support for our primary care services. We need to be more proactive in making prevention of ill-health something that is inherent into all policy areas. So promoting cycling and walking will improve health outcomes, promoting mental wellness is important, improving our food system and promoting the right diets will also have a significantly positive impact on health and this holistic approach is central to Green Party policy.


Education is fundamental to supporting a fair and democratic society. My aim is to support and develop a high-quality, inclusive education system that strengthens community, contributes to the economy, cherishes the environment and adds to the health and wellbeing of all learners. We will reform our education system to support all learners to meaningfully and creatively engage with the world around them and prepare them for the challenges and successes of the future, and to recognise the importance of the roles of everyone, teachers, principals, academics and administrative staff, in our schools and educational communities. Equal pay for equal work.


People now know that we have just a short window of time to make a meaningful impact and stop climate change. We need this next decade to be the Green Decade to make the changes to the way we work, travel, and use energy. And we can do this all in a way that makes Our communities better for everyone.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg who at 16 years of age addressed world leaders at 2019 UN Climate Action Summit held in New York

Climate activist Greta Thunberg who at 16 years of age addressed world leaders at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit held in New York


Kildare North is Ireland's largest commuter belt and urgently needs a new approach to public transport. Increase reliability, frequency of services, more routes, more choice: get us to more places without driving! As it currently stands, the Government's budgets have been heavily weighted towards new roads over new public transport projects - while there is not a single major public transport project under construction in the country at the moment, there are 50 new roads or road upgrades currently ongoing. Instead of continuing with roads, roads and more roads - we need to prioritise investment in public transport over road spending by a ratio of 21.

If we are serious about reducing our emissions from the transport sector, we must encourage cycling and provide the facility for cyclists to travel safely and efficiently throughout our city.


Ronan is the Green Party's local area representative for the Newbridge municipal district and general election candidate for the Kildare South constituency

His email address is  ronan.maher@greenparty.ie

Vincent Martin launches commuter charter at the Green Party Think-in held in Naas on Sept 14th and 15th.

Green Party’s North Kildare general election candidate, Vincent P Martin speaking to media about the plight of County Kildare daily commuters at the launch of the Party’s new Commuter Charter during the course of its ‘Think-in’ held at the Osprey Hotel, Naas over the weekend. Also in photo is Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD and the party’s deputy leader, Catherine Martin TD.

Kildare Greens proposals for significant improvement in efficiency and sustainability of commuter belt rail services

The Kildare Greens are bringing forward proposals for the improvement to the commuter belt rail services. The Fine Gael 2040 plan is heavily focused on the Dublin Metro area and on road transportation nationwide. The improvements proposed stop at Maynooth. We are bringing forward proposals for a 50% increase in capacity throughout the commuter belt and a plan for significantly more electrification.

Tens of thousands of commuters from North Kildare stand in packed diesel trains and diesel buses, or start long road commutes before 7 a.m. spending hours on congested motorways. Our goal is to give commuters much more effective and comfortable services throughout the commuter belt by extending the  relatively frequent service that stops in Maynooth today.

We are calling for an extension of the electrification proposed in the 2040 plan throughout the commuter network and a review of the Metro North plan to develop effective connections for North Kildare commuters.

We will be driving this as a priority, starting at the Green Party national conference in March 2018 and we would like to meet you at the commuter rail stations over the coming months to collect your opinions and feedback on this issue. Today's commuting patterns are already unsustainable and a major contributor to Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide emissions and our commuter belt towns are continuing to grow rapidly with a complete absence of infrastructure or service planning.