Thu 18 July 2019

Jackie says don't complain, do something!

Next Chapter participant explains why she is running in local elections

"Many people in Northern Ireland are frustrated by the current state of our politics. I am too," explains Jackie Coade, Next Chapter participant from the Newry Chapter Hub. "Every day the impact of this situation hits us hard, our health service is on the brink of collapse, our schools are at crisis point and our infrastructure is simply not fit for purpose.

I grew up in Northern Ireland and graduated from St Mary’s University College, Belfast, with a degree in Education with English, specialising in special educational needs and early years teaching. After living and working in England I returned home in 2016, which allowed me to see our politics through different eyes: I knew my children and future grandchildren deserved better than what they were getting.

I decided I could just complain or I could do something about it. That’s why I got involved in politics and why I have decided to run for local election. As a participant on The Next Chapter program I have met other likeminded women who have helped challenge me, and encourage me to pursue my political ambitions. As a working mum I’m passionate about supporting parents to ensure their children get the best possible start in life. I believe in transparency, accountability and ending cronyism in politics, and have confidence that together we can vote to change our communities for the better."

Thank you for taking the time to tell your story Jackie.