It was a proud moment for feisty young Greystones councillor Jennifer Whitmore last night, when she formally accepted the position of Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District.
The previous holder of the title, Grainne McLoughlin, was there to hand over the bejeweled sash, as the council held their monthly meeting.
A happy Whitmore issued the following statement the morning after. Actually, it was the evening after. Must have been a good night…
Last night, I was very honoured to formally accept the position of Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District.
We are very fortunate in this district – we have a beautiful area to live and a fantastic community to be part of. And I hope to continue to work with you all over the coming months to make it even better.
When elected, a key focus of my campaign was to promote Greystones as a place for companies to invest in – particularly on the IDA land. Greystones ticks all the boxes – it has the transport links, a highly educated workforce, is close to 2 major universities, the city centre and the airport. All that whilst retaining it’s small town, community feel. It is because of these factors, that I still believe that a great opportunity exists to attract high tech companies to our area and I will continue to work with the IDA, tech companies and the council to try to make that a reality.
I will also continue my work on other community projects, such as the refurbishment of the Greystones playground to make it an inclusive one for all children. I look forward to working with the council officials on this and many other important initiatives. We have a very dedicated team of officials here in the Greystones District, without whose efforts the district would not be such a great place to live.
I do, however, believe that we need to communicate and engage with the community better. I hope to have meetings around the district over the coming months so we are as accessible to people as possible. And I would like to engage the younger and older residents better – I think sometimes that their voices are not heard in our decision making.
I would like to thank my fellow Councillors for their support – we have a very strong cross-party team and it definitely make achieving good things for the district much easier. And I would like to thank all my supporters, and friends for your help over the last few years.
Before I sign off, I would to express my unending thanks to my husband, Tony, and my family. This job is the type of job that takes over and becomes all encompassing – without their support and understanding it would be impossible for me to take on this role. So thank you.
(PS my 5 yr old was very happy that I was made Mayor last night – apparently Donald Trump wanted the job too and now he can’t have it)