21st January 2021 | Blog post

Two New Green Local Area Reps

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We are delighted to welcome two new Local Area Reps to the Green Party.

John Holland – Graiguecullen/Portarlington

John is a Cork native now living in Portarlington with his wife and two young children. He has been a member of the Green Party since 2017 but has been an avid environmentalist for many years. Over recent years he has increasingly seen the evidence of climate change and biodiversity loss stack up and has also seen with his own eyes the impact that human activity is having on the environment.

He felt that he needed to do something to effect positive change and the Green Party seemed like the most natural fit for him in terms of advocating for and making positive, evidence-based and socially progressive societal and environmental changes to tackle the crises facing us in the years ahead.

He is  an advocate for strong, proactive, societal and governmental actions to mitigate the risks posed to the planet from the climate and biodiversity crises. He believes in a just transition that leaves no one behind in the radical changes required to our way of life in the years ahead.

Niall Pickering – Borris-in-Ossory / Mountmellick

Niall is a physics student, an engineering intern, and a gardening enthusiast. He joined the Green Party with the environment in mind but also with a desire for a world where everybody gets the same opportunity to live a healthy, enjoyable life.

He is passionate about valuing frontline workers within our health system and is an advocate for working conditions and patient-nurse ratios that comply with international standards.

His political interests include health, energy, environment, biodiversity, and many more.

As a representative of a rural area, Niall plans to work in coalition with farming groups and communities to make the leap to sustainable (from both financial and environmental standpoints) farming. He is of the mindset that rural communities must be at the forefront of this transition to sustainable living. He believes that the establishment of Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) and the Just Transition Fund (JTF), to name a couple of schemes, are integral to pumping life back into our rural towns and villages.