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Speakers’ Corner: Pyper Ludlow


With campaigning already underway for May 24th’s local elections, we’ve asked each of those running to answer five simple questions about where they’ve been, where they’re at, and where they hope to take us all.

Especially given that they’ve all agreed to keep our town and village centres free from campaign posters.

Day by day, each entry will be given the floor, unedited, to express their plans and hopes, their dreams and schemes.

And to keep it fair, we’re doing this alphabetically. So, next up is Pyper Ludlow, standing for the People Before Profit party for the first time.

Take it away, Pyper…

What inspired you to become involved in local politics? Was there a Road To District Council moment…?
I have always been political, particularly on environmental issues. Joining a grass roots party has shown me that change and policy decisions can only happen from the bottom up if they are to be a true reflection of what people want. Therefore, local issues that affect people need to be decided upon by the people living in the area. Local government can give a voice to the people through their local representative who can be conduit for local demands and play a large part in policy making.

Of your work so far, are there particular achievements that you are particularly proud of?
I am very proud of my part in the movement against water charges and the movement to repeal the 8th amendment. I was privileged to organize and protest with so many outraged and caring people on the cervical smear test scandal and will continue to organize on women’s health issues. I was delighted to be a founder of the local extinction rebellion campaign as I feel strongly about the need to protect wildlife habitats, biodiversity and measures to tackle climate change. I am very pleased to be a part of the homeless and housing coalition and I am really interested in organizing a community response to the housing crisis. This process has begun by meeting with council tenants in relation to housing and estate repairs and hosting a free public viewing of Roddy Doyle’s Rosie film. I am delighted that Peter McVerry will be joining us to discuss the housing crisis.

Looking forward, what are the main goals that you would like to achieve over the coming years?
If elected I will work hard to ensure that consideration for our environment is at the heart of decision making in local council. First and foremost, I am a grassroots activist and believe in bottom up democracy and this is something that will be central to all that I do in the Greystones Municipal area.

To turn a fine Mayor Quimby quote into a question, ask not what you can do for your county, but what you can do for Greystones…?
I know that many people in Greystones, Kilcoole and the area in general are struggling with housing issues. I will push for social and affordable housing to be built on public land, and will be vigilant about public land being kept in public hands. When looking and planning housing we must also be mindful of wildlife habitats, I would explore the acquisition of land for rewilding. Also, I would work to stop the use of pesticides by both the council and private housing estates.

If being a politician doesn’t work out, have you got a Career B in mind? Dancer? Magician? Traffic warden…?
Regardless of whether elected or not, politics and working with people at a grassroots level is my first love. I hope that this will continue until I am pushing up pesticide free daisies! I will continue to work in education and hope to find the time to write and pursue my work in fabric, particularly Batik.

You can find out more about Pyper Ludlow on the People Before Profit website here, on Facebook here, or email directly on pyper.ludlow@peoplebeforeprofit.ie. There will be a chance to meet the local candidates at the Greystones Tennis Club on Tuesday, May 7th at 7pm.

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