As much as people like to keep family traditions going strong, there’s no question that all across the globe, change is in the air.
And never moreso than in politics, with long-running leaders from Brazil to Britain suddenly finding themselves out in the cold, ousted by, in many cases, a fist-pumping new kid on the block.
Here in Ireland, where the church is now, ironically, on its knees, that anti-establishment feeling is running higher than usual, and according to the polls, tomorrow’s general election has got the country’s two main parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, on the ropes.
Then again, polls can get it wrong, and there’s always the chance that, outside of the cities, Ireland isn’t truly ready for a change. There are people out there, after all, who keep voting for Healy Raes. Again and again.
For Jennifer Whitmore, being a new kid putting her head on the block, it’s already been an eye-widening experience, as the usual skulduggery and spin going up to 11. A local councillor, Whitmore is running for her party, The Social Democrats, and this afternoon, its leaders, Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy, were out on the mean streets of Greystones, to round out their Wicklow candidate’s campaign.
Given that this local lass is stepping into the big ring for the very first time, we thought it’d be worth catching Jennifer on the eve of a day that very well may change her life. And, hopefully, ours…
You can find out how the Wicklow candidates did in the February 2020 general election here.