Katherine has worked alongside the people of Tallaght, Rathfarnham, Citywest, Knocklyon, Ballyroan, Templeogue, Firhouse, Ballycragh, Kilnamanagh, Greenhills, Kingswood, Belgard, Bohernabreena, Brittas and Glenasmole for over 35 years bringing about positive change at a grassroots level. Katherine is co-founder of An Cosán, the largest community education organisation in Ireland which aims to eradicate poverty through education, including early childhood care and education. Katherine is also the founding Chairperson of the Childhood Development Initiative, which provides a comprehensive prevention and early intervention children’s services programme.
As the only Minister representing Dublin South West in the 32nd Dáil, Katherine worked side by side with local people, campaigners and community groups to achieve an Ireland of Equals.
During her term as a Public Representative Katherine was on the doorsteps each week, listening to concerns of constituents and was solution focussed for local issues and individual representations.
Katherine secured commitments for various developments at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) including the new Renal Unit which (remove text – is currently underway and) will serve the entire constituency.
Katherine ensured a bright future for the education of the people of Dublin South West, with TU Tallaght expansion, a key campus for Dublin’s new Technological University. This is a first in Ireland.
Katherine fought for the transformation of our tax system to make it fair, just and transparent.
Katherine secured better rights for tenants to stop families falling victim to rogue landlords.
Katherine was a prominent leader in the campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment.