Minister Malcolm Noonan

Teachta Dála

Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage and Electoral Reform

Malcolm Noonan
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For over 30 years, I've been a volunteer, activist and Councillor, dedicating my life to advancing principles of sustainable development, community empowerment and equality in Irish society.

 As Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform and T.D. for Carlow-Kilkenny, I'm working tirelessly for an Ireland where healthy, resilient ecosystems teem with wildlife, where historic buildings and monuments are conserved and made accessible to all, and where the electoral process is more transparent, accountable and fair.

My priorities

An integrated rural and urban network of inclusive public transport and an ambitious plan for a modal shift towards walking and cycling in urban centres.

Kilkenny as a Centre of Creative Design and Making with a Third Level Commercial Creative Arts College.

Good quality training and employment opportunities for young people within the South-East region.

Heritage led regeneration of our towns and villages that also address our housing needs through sustainable urban living.


I was appointed Minister for State for Heritage and Electoral Reform in July 2020 having served as a Green Party City and County Councillor in Kilkenny since 2004, serving as Mayor of Kilkenny in 2009. Before entering politics I spent twenty years as a community and environmental activist with Friends of the Earth. My academic background is in rural development and I campaign on issues ranging from natural and built heritage, transport, young people’s issues, integration and social inclusion to participation in the arts. I have contributed to European urban built heritage policy and have a particular interest in the conservation and economic development of Irish towns and village. I contested the Carlow-Kilkenny Bye-Election in 2015 and the General Election in 2016 before winning the seat in February 2020.

Malcolm Noonan