Having always taken a keen interest in Politics in NI Jackie studied Politics and Education in Edinburgh and NI. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Education with English, Early Years and Special Educational Needs.
Jackie has a strong sense of social justice and has passionately campaigned for equality and fairness in healthcare, employment and housing. She is also a Mum of two and has two fur babies, George and Milly.
Jackie has stood for election with the Party several times before after reviving a local association which has a growing membership. She is passionate about supporting all families impacted by legacy issues across the constituency.
She is passionate about people and building a shared community across Newry and Armagh so that people can support each other as we emerge from the Covid pandemic.
Jackie's priorities for Newry & Armagh
Jackie believes in building a fair education system regardless of class or creed. She wants to ensure the children and young people of NI have opportunities, prospects and jobs in the future so they can live, work and build a better and more inclusive NI for everyone. We need to support our amazing school leaders who are best placed to know the needs of their children and local community.
2. Health and Social Care
Having spent many years as a carer for one of her children, Jackie understands the hard work, dedication and loneliness parents feel as they navigate the health and social care system. NI needs a system that is fit for purpose, one that truly supports and cares for families. Jackie wants to see a transformed NHS which pays our nurses and support staff a decent wage and which values each and every individual within the HSC system.
3. Business and Farming
Living in a rural constituency, Jackie has experienced first-hand the effects that Brexit and Covid-19 have had on our community. With many businesses struggling and even closing, she will work for more opportunities for start-up initiatives, as well as adult learning and retraining. We need to curtail the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit so we can build a strong business and agricultural sector. With the uncertainty of what will replace the single farm payment post-Brexit, it is important this replacement reflects the needs of a family farm.
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