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Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Whitmore is a TD for Wicklow.

With a background in ecology, marine science and environmental law, Jennifer believes that we need delivery on climate action now and should use every opportunity at our disposal to effect positive change in this area.

Before entering politics, Jennifer spent ten years in Australia as a senior policy analyst alongside government Ministers, developing environmental law, water management and energy policy. She also spent several years working with the Marine Institute as a scientist.

Since Jennifer’s election to the Dáil in 2020, she has highlighted the need for better controls on energy prices and advocated for better protections for families at risk of fuel poverty.

She has also served as the Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy and has called for a fully publicly funded childcare and early education service that meets the needs of parents, children and educators.

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.

Jennifer’s Priorities

  • Meaningful climate action underpinned by the principles of a Just Transition.
  • Take the steps required to protect and improve our biodiversity.
  • Reduce energy prices and diversify our energy sources by encouraging major investment in solar and offshore wind.
  • Build a rural public transport system that is regular, reliable and affordable.
  • Meet our climate targets through a Just Transition.
  • Ensure adequate school planning.
  • Reduce the cost of childcare.

Latest News

Budget highlights Government’s lack of ambition for struggling families

Today’s budget highlights the Government’s lack of ambition for families, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on children, said: “After months of uncertainty over promised cuts to childcare costs, it is welcome that the further 25 per cent reduction is now confirmed. However, it has emerged that […]

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DEIS-Plus model needed for early years sector to break the cycle of child poverty

Child poverty is corrosive and has lifelong negative consequences – but it is preventable  A DEIS-Plus model of funding for the early years sector is essential if we want to break the cycle of child poverty, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on children, said: “In the […]

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Unlocking the Future: Social Democrats launch Alternative Budget 2024

Housing, children and climate take centre stage Read the full Alternative Budget here Housing, children and climate action are the main focus of the Social Democrats’ Alternative Budget, ‘Unlocking the Future’, which is published today. The party’s key priorities for 2024 include: Deliver 10,000 affordable homes next year – a near doubling of the Government’s […]

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