Candidate for Wicklow

Jennifer Whitmore is the SocDems’ Spokesperson for Children and a Councillor for the Greystones Municipal District on Wicklow County Council.

Jennifer spent 10 years in Australia, where she worked as a senior policy analyst alongside government Ministers developing environmental law, water management and energy policy. Prior to working in Australia, she worked extensively in fisheries and aquaculture in Ireland at both a national and European level.

Jennifer was elected as a Councillor for Wicklow in 2014. She sees her work as a Councillor primarily as a facilitator. Local communities have an enormous wealth of expertise and talent, and she enjoys seeing the amazing work that can be achieved by communities and local government coming together.

Jennifer is keen to use her experience in policy and legislation, combined with her community work, for the benefit of Wicklow and Ireland.

“Simply put, I became involved in politics to effect change. I believe that our governance systems have failed us – that we need to completely review how we engage with communities, how & where we direct our resources, how we govern. That is why I ran in the local elections, why I helped found the Social Democrats, and why I am now running for the Dáil. Ireland’s future is a bright one and our potential is great. The time to make that change is now.”

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“Simply put, I became involved in politics to effect change. Ireland’s future is a bright one and our potential is great. The time to make that change is now.”

“Simply put, I became involved in politics to effect change. Ireland’s future is a bright one and our potential is great. The time to make that change is now.”

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This proposal by the Council seems absolutely illogical to me in the light of the current housing crisis. Surely if we have houses, even if they are in a bad condition, we should be doing them up, rather than selling them off?

Unfortunately, it was voted through. I was one of only 3 Cllrs that voted against this proposal. Here are my comments on the day about this issue.

CLLR. WHITMORE: "You're saying that these are buildings that are too far gone, that we don't have the resources, or it's too expensive for us to do them up, yet other people who are in the business might be able to refurbish them.

Surely we are in the business of providing housing? I don't understand how someone else could come in and do this at a cheaper cost than what we should be able to do them.

My other concern with this is that all over the past
number of months, every time Minister Murphy is on the
TV or being interviewed he is saying that money is not
an issue. So here is an instance where a Local Authority has houses, we need money to do them up. How is that money not coming from the Government rather than actually handing them back into private ownership? I think it's very shortsighted on our part to be doing that."

Source: Wicklow Times
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This proposal by the Council seems absolutely illogical to me in the light of the current housing crisis. Surely if we have houses, even if they are in a bad condition, we should be doing them up, rather than selling them off?

Unfortunately, it was voted through. I was one of only 3 Cllrs that voted against this proposal. Here are my comments on the day about this issue. 

CLLR. WHITMORE: Youre saying that these are buildings that are too far gone, that we dont have the resources, or its too expensive for us to do them up, yet other people who are in the business might be able to refurbish them. 

Surely we are in the business of providing housing? I dont understand how someone else could come in and do this at a cheaper cost than what we should be able to do them.

My other concern with this is that all over the past
number of months, every time Minister Murphy is on the
TV or being interviewed he is saying that money is not
an issue. So here is an instance where a Local Authority has houses, we need money to do them up. How is that money not coming from the Government rather than actually handing them back into private ownership? I think its very shortsighted on our part to be doing that.

Source: Wicklow Times

 

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Non sensical until you read that it’s Wicklow County Council & it makes perfect sense. WCC over and over again has shown it does not work for the good of the people it is employed by

Makes no sense whatsoever. Well done jennifer for fighting the fight. It begs the question who and why voted for this ludicrous proposal 😡

No sense council we have in wicklow

I'm delighted to see funding has been allocated for a 7-days per week, hourly Wicklow Town to Glendalough Bus route. This will be a game changer for the area - both for business and the community, J

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NEWS: New Wicklow Town to Glendalough local bus service gets funding

Funding has been secured for a local bus service that will connect Wicklow Town and Glendalough with a regular bus route. The funding, allocated by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of their Local Link Programme, will provide a 7-day per week, hourly bus service that will connect Wicklow Gaol - Wicklow Train Station - Rathnew - Ashford - Roundwood - Laragh - Glendalough.

Social Democrats Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore, and General Election candidate for Wicklow, has welcomed the news saying “I am delighted that this funding has been announced. I have been working with Local Link and Wicklow Tourism for some time now on developing a number of options for local shuttle services around the county. These daytime routes were devised with local community groups following stakeholder consultation. In May of this year, I collected over 3,300 signatures in support the proposals and handed them into the NTA. I’m delighted to see that the high demand for this service has been recognised by the NTA and that funding has been made available for the Wicklow-Glendalough route.“

“This is a very important route, not only for tourists coming to Wicklow to explore our county but for all the local towns and villages on the route. Small towns like Roundwood and Ashford will now have a regular bus service that can connect them with Wicklow Town. I believe this service will be a game-changer for the people and businesses of Wicklow. “

Fred Verdier, CE Wicklow Tourism said “This is a fantastic achievement and a huge step forward for Wicklow as a tourist destination. Up to now, visitors traveled from Dublin to enjoy Glendalough and then would make their way back to Dublin. There was no public transport available to allow them travel around and enjoy our other tourist sites. Now, this new route will open up Wicklow to tourists and enable Wicklow Town to become the base for exploring our beautiful county. This is a great opportunity and Wicklow Tourism looks forward to working with our local businesses to ensure that we maximise on its potential.”

A spokesman for Ringalink (agent for LocalLink) said: “We have been working closely with the NTA to secure a 7 day a week service from Glendalough to Wicklow town. The need for this service was identified early in consultation with local stakeholders and in literature/data reviews. The success is testament to the work already undertaken and enthusiastic engagement by local stakeholders and participation by the general public in highlighting their transport needs and wishes.

“The route is currently out to tender to interested operators and we hope to start it by November 2018. There is a mechanism in place to increase the capacity of the route for the summer months if required”.

[Pics: LocalLink Route / Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore handing over the petition to Rory Brewster of the NTA]
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Im delighted to see funding has been allocated for a 7-days per week, hourly Wicklow Town to Glendalough Bus route. This will be a game changer for the area - both for business and the community, J 

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NEWS: New Wicklow Town to Glendalough local bus service gets funding

Funding has been secured for a local bus service that will connect Wicklow Town and Glendalough with a regular bus route. The funding, allocated by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of their Local Link Programme, will provide a 7-day per week, hourly bus service that will connect Wicklow Gaol - Wicklow Train Station - Rathnew - Ashford - Roundwood - Laragh - Glendalough.

Social Democrats Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore, and General Election candidate for Wicklow, has welcomed the news saying “I am delighted that this funding has been announced. I have been working with Local Link and Wicklow Tourism for some time now on developing a number of options for local shuttle services around the county. These daytime routes were devised with local community groups following stakeholder consultation. In May of this year, I collected over 3,300 signatures in support the proposals and handed them into the NTA. I’m delighted to see that the high demand for this service has been recognised by the NTA and that funding has been made available for the Wicklow-Glendalough route.“

“This is a very important route, not only for tourists coming to Wicklow to explore our county but for all the local towns and villages on the route. Small towns like Roundwood and Ashford will now have a regular bus service that can connect them with Wicklow Town. I believe this service will be a game-changer for the people and businesses of Wicklow. “

Fred Verdier, CE Wicklow Tourism said “This is a fantastic achievement and a huge step forward for Wicklow as a tourist destination. Up to now, visitors traveled from Dublin to enjoy Glendalough and then would make their way back to Dublin. There was no public transport available to allow them travel around and enjoy our other tourist sites. Now, this new route will open up Wicklow to tourists and enable Wicklow Town to become the base for exploring our beautiful county. This is a great opportunity and Wicklow Tourism looks forward to working with our local businesses to ensure that we maximise on its potential.”

A spokesman for Ringalink (agent for LocalLink) said: “We have been working closely with the NTA to secure a 7 day a week service from Glendalough to Wicklow town. The need for this service was identified early in consultation with local stakeholders and in literature/data reviews. The success is testament to the work already undertaken and enthusiastic engagement by local stakeholders and participation by the general public in highlighting their transport needs and wishes. 

“The route is currently out to tender to interested operators and we hope to start it by November 2018. There is a mechanism in place to increase the capacity of the route for the summer months if required”.

[Pics: LocalLink Route / Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore handing over the petition to Rory Brewster of the NTA]

Good to see that the missing swing in the playground in Charlesland has been replaced this week.

The Council have also put in a Big Belly Bin and have asked the contractor to fix the gate and patch the holes in the surfacing, Jennifer
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Good to see that the missing swing in the playground in Charlesland has been replaced this week. 

The Council have also put in a Big Belly Bin and have asked the contractor to fix the gate and patch the holes in the surfacing,  Jennifer

 

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Can I ask what is happening with the 184 bus route? Is it still going to be coming in to Kilpedder village ?

Brilliant...! Thanks Jennifer..👍

The bin was sorely needed. Thanks!!!

Love the bin! Many thanks!

Thanks Jennifer!

Thanks

Thank you Jennifer Whitmore

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Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore, General Election Candidate for Wicklow

We have some children with very serious allergies in our town...these simple measures would mean that those children can enjoy our fab Playground too! Please eat food at the picnic tables and use wipes to clean sticky fingers! JLet's talk about allergies....
We're all used to our schools being nut-free zones, but have you ever really thought about how food allergies effect a child's ability to play?

There are many different substances that are known allergens. For kids with an allergy, coming into contact with food spilt on a slide or a climbing frame could lead to symptoms such as a rash, nausea, swelling of the throats and mouth, or even collapse and unconsciousness. Parents may choose to avoid playgrounds altogether rather than risk this for their child.

How can we help make sure our playground is safe for all children to enjoy? Easy!

Never let your child take food or drink onto the play equipment. If eating at the picnic tables, clean up afterwards.

It's so easy, it's child's play😊.

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We have some children with very serious allergies in our town...these simple measures would mean that those children can enjoy our fab Playground too! Please eat food at the picnic tables and use wipes to clean sticky fingers! J

 

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Its great to see this allergy information in relation to playgrounds. Clean play equipment means my severely food allergic kids can enjoy the playground as everyone else. Thanks for all your support as always Jennifer! 😁

This politics stuff is not all glamour! Spent this morning in the rain with @WhitmoreJen delivering ‘The Wicklow Democrat’ (my favourite newspaper) to estates around Blessington🤗 There’s me hiding under a tree🌧🌳

Candidate selection hasn’t been a real problem for the #SocDems at all. 21 to date- all excellent, embedded in our communities and working hard.

People like @CarlyBee25 @taradeacy are superb candidates and will stand out during a campaign.

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