Tanya Jones, Deputy Leader

Tanya Jones is the Deputy Leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland.  A writer and former solicitor and teacher, she has been active in environmental and cross-community initiatives and campaigns in her home county of Fermanagh.

22286270_10155721973804174_3868261629422469120_nTanya went to school in England and the United States and studied English and Medieval Studies at Cambridge and York Universities before qualifying as a solicitor and practising in the north of England.  Later she travelled with her husband and family to Italy and the Republic of Ireland where she taught English as an additional language.  She is the author of several novels, most recently Fracking Up, and books about chess.

The family moved to Enniskillen twelve years ago and Tanya’s two younger children went to school at the Erne Integrated College, where she was a parent governor.  Tanya has been very active in the Fermanagh Churches Forum, as secretary and former chair, working on cross-community and interfaith peace and reconciliation projects. She has also been involved in cross-community campaigns to retain local health and library services, and to provide facilities for young people in the area.

22473554_10155721986309174_1166654186_oA committed environmental activist, Tanya was a founder member of the Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network, acting as its first website editor and legal co-ordinator.  She has spoken and written widely about fracking, and the experiences of the Fermanagh campaign, and continues to be closely involved in the global movement to end fracking everywhere.  She highlighted the issue of proposed further mineral development in the county and actively supports other campaigns against inappropriate and damaging development. She is an active member of Fossil Free NI and of the UK-wide divestment campaign.

Tanya is a long-standing member of the Green Party and was the first chair of the Fermanagh and South Tyrone Green Party.  She stood in the 2015 and 2017 Westminster and 2016 and 2017 Stormont elections as the first ever Green candidate for Parliament or the Assembly in the constituency.  She was membership secretary for the Green Party in Northern Ireland from 2014 until 2017, during a time of great expansion in the party.

Tanya’s time outside Green activism is largely spent walking the family’s two rescue dogs, writing her blog greenlassie.com, working on her new novel and playing chess very badly.  Her son Gawain is a chess grandmaster and current British champion, while her younger children, Rory, a former All Ireland poetry slam champion, and Ashley, former chair of the NI Young Greens, are well-known in NI performance arts, especially with their band Strange New Places.

Tanya’s areas of interest

Climate change and divestment
 Environmental sustainability
 Reduction of inequality and poverty
 Fair trade and tax justice
 Recognition and rights for trans and non-binary people
 Peace and disarmament

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