Local Election Candidate for Greystones

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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🌳🌎 OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR WICKLOW 🌎🌳

Is our environment important to you? Me too - which is why, over the last 5 yrs, I have:

🌊 Co-founded the East Wicklow Rivers Trust.

🦀 Worked with Bray Aquarium to roll-out marine programmes across schools in Wicklow.

🐠 Fought to protect the River Vartry.

🌱 Ran a composting programme with BioBag Ireland & UK; UK in Charlesland.

💦 Called on WCC to introduce drinking water fountains across Wicklow.

🦚 Lobbyied for Minister Madigan to purchase Luggala Estate and incorporate it into the Wicklow National Park.

🚗 Want to see the 3rd lane on N11 as a bus lane to encourage better sustainable travel.

🚌 Collected 3,500 signatures on a petition calling for the NTA to fund a local, community-based bus for a looped route of Greystones, Delgany, Kilcoole, Newcastle.

Why so much ENVIRONMENT stuff❓ Well, I have a diploma in Aquatic Science, a degree in Ecology, a post-grad in Environmental Law. I was a Marine Fisheries Scientist with the Marine Institute. And I developed water management and natural resource policy in Australia for 10 years. (I also suffer from desperate sea sickness and should have probably considered that before I chose a fisheries career path 😂🤣)

#Biodiversity #ClimateCrisis
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🌳🌎 OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR WICKLOW 🌎🌳

Is our environment important to you? Me too - which is why, over the last 5 yrs, I have:

🌊 Co-founded the East Wicklow Rivers Trust.

🦀 Worked with Bray Aquarium to roll-out marine programmes across schools in Wicklow.

🐠 Fought to protect the River Vartry.

🌱 Ran a composting programme with BioBag Ireland & UK  in Charlesland. 

💦 Called on WCC to introduce drinking water fountains across Wicklow.

🦚 Lobbyied for Minister Madigan to purchase Luggala Estate and incorporate it into the Wicklow National Park.

🚗 Want to see the 3rd lane on N11 as a bus lane to encourage better sustainable travel. 

🚌 Collected 3,500 signatures on a petition calling for the NTA to fund a local, community-based bus for a looped route of Greystones, Delgany, Kilcoole, Newcastle.

Why so much ENVIRONMENT stuff❓ Well, I have a diploma in Aquatic Science, a degree in Ecology, a post-grad in Environmental Law.  I was a Marine Fisheries Scientist with the Marine Institute. And I developed water management and natural resource policy in Australia for 10 years. (I also suffer from desperate sea sickness and should have probably considered that before I chose a fisheries career path 😂🤣)

#Biodiversity #ClimateCrisis

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Wow great career background Jennifer and an impressive list 👍👍

Go Jennifer!

Pity you are not still in NSW Jennifer Whitmore. Could do with a bit of common sense and decency here.

Brilliant stuff

I attended the #ClimateChange protest in town today with my family. 🌏🌱

I didn't make the decision to take them out of school lightly...I did so because this issue is one that will impact their lives more than anyones and us adults (and politicians) have not done close to enough to address it.

I believe that what they learned today about climate change, our environment, activism, and democracy were important lessons. And I hope they carry them with them always.

I also learned alot today - about the energy and passion of our youth. And about how adults often make things alot more complicated than they are. We have the solutions to address climate change and biodiversity loss - we just need to make them happen. #LetsDoIt

Jx

From today "I'm sure the dinosaurs 🦖🦕 thought they had time too!"
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I attended the #ClimateChange protest in town today with my family. 🌏🌱

I didnt make the decision to take them out of school lightly...I did so because this issue is one that will impact their lives more than anyones and us adults (and politicians) have not done close to enough to address it.  

I believe that what they learned today about climate change, our environment, activism, and democracy were important lessons. And I hope they carry them with them always.

I also learned alot today - about the energy and passion of our youth. And about how adults often make things alot more complicated than they are. We have the solutions to address climate change and biodiversity loss - we just need to make them happen. #LetsDoIt 

Jx

From today Im sure the dinosaurs 🦖🦕 thought they had time too!

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Jennifer Where can i read more on Social Democrats proposals on this topic?

A great and momentous day!

Wonderful to see the youth of today taking part in a global way to better their future. There is hope for us all xx

I think it’s wonderful example Jennifer . School means nothing if they don’t have a future . Also learning about climate change and politics is a wonderful education any parent can give them

Hi Jennifer Well done to you and the family! We really do need to get behind the students on this!! I’ve been working professionally on climate change impacts for the past 20+ years, when largely nobody was listening! Excuse me if I’m just a little cynical! Where were all of the politicians over the past two decades when Action was really needed?? To mitigate climate change we need to change the whole economic basis on which we run our economy! To imagine that we can continue to grow our economy at 4%,5 or even 6 % and live sustainably is nonsense - ref the wonderful writings of the late Richard Douthwaite!

My girls were there too

This is so great to see, Jennifer.

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We give @FineGael a hard time, because they deserve it.

However, we know that @fiannafailparty may not be much better. They've initiated a move to de-designate (i.e. remove protection) from blanket bogs to allow more turf-cutting. It's before the Seanad this week.

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