Hello my name is Francis Noel Duffy, I was recently elected Green Party Teachta Dála for Dublin South West. I hope to use this blog to update my constituents and the general public on what I am doing to better our home.
I'd like to introduce myself and give background about who I am. I was born in London. My family moved back to Ireland where and settled in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan. I attended the Patrician High School. I then went on to study Architecture at London South Bank University and complete a Bachelor of Science at the Dublin School of Architecture (at Dublin Institute of Technology), where I have been a professor since.
Before being elected Teachta Dála, I was councillor for Rathfarnham and Firhouse and I am also a member of the Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly. This Assembly has a remit to oversee regional economic planning guidelines. Apart from endorsing proper planning in our towns and cities, I am also interested in how we connect our communities. The State must move away from the 2:1 ratio of investment of roads over public transport. We need to increase our efforts to stop the continued growth of our nation’s transport emissions and the truth is our capital city has reached maximum car capacity and reliable public transport is the key to a successful working city. Public transport investment must be prioritised. This is why I made a submission to the Public Consultation on Metro North that Metro North be extended to Rathfarnham, with a future extension to Knocklyon/Firhouse.
I am married to Green Party Minister Catherine Martin, and we have three wonderful children. Though life will surely be more chaotic with both of us in government it is a challenge we are excited to take on. I look forward to serving you and your community.
Please contact me if you have any questions!