Spending his early years growing up within the walls of James Stephens Military Barracks in Kilkenny, Malcolm is one of a family often brought up in a happy crowded house. Having studied Industrial Design in Carlow IT, he went on to work as a graphic designer in Dublin, returning to Kilkenny to set up a successful landscaping and gardening business.
Prior to embarking on a political career, Malcolm was a community and environmental activist, a director and National Local Groups Coordinator of Friends of the Earth Ireland.
Malcolm holds a BA in Rural Development and works as a part time project development worker with Lifeline Kilkenny Suicide Prevention Forum. He led a participative planning process to develop the County’s first Suicide Prevention Strategy. His remaining time is taken up with his work as a public representative and volunteering with a number of local organisations. Malcolm is involved in the local arts scene as a musician and illustrator.. Malcolm volunteers with several local festivals and has been Chairperson of the St Patrick’s Day/Tradfest Committee in Kilkenny.
He served as Mayor of Kilkenny in 2009-10 and led an ambitious policy driven agenda, with many notable achievements including leading an EU Heritage Project for Kilkenny and securing the purchase of St Mary’s Church on behalf of the people of Kilkenny. In 2011 Malcolm contested the leadership of the Green Party and was appointed Party Spokesperson for Environment, Community and Local Government by Eamon Ryan
Malcolm is married to Jennie; a community and family support worker to the Traveller Community. They have four children; Colm (11), Tristan (10), Stephen (2) and Kitty who is six months old.