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JIM GILDEA

_LEE4447 Background

Jim and his family have lived in the Killiney-Shankill  ward for over 35 years. He is a qualified IT Specialist having spent most of his career working for a multinational oil company  which included a posting to France.  He retired early from his role as IT Operations Manager for a major Irish Group engaged in wholesale, distribution and retailing on a nationwide scale.

Over the years he has demonstrated his commitment  to the community  through the various organisations with whom he has been involved, ranging from Resident  and Community Associations to Tidy Towns and as a founding member and first Chairperson of Shankill Tennis Club.

He is actively involved in local politics, working closely with Cllr Maria Bailey and Cllr Donal Marren for the good of your community and he values and appreciates their support.  He was Fine Gael’s Director of Elections at the 2011 general election which returned Sean Barrett T.D. (Ceann Comhairle) and Mary Mitchell-O’Connor TD to represent this are

My Mission

Now that I have the time to apply myself to local community issues – if elected – I will relish the task of committing myself wholeheartedly to the communities in Killiney, Ballybrack, Rochestown-Cabinteely, Shankill, Rathmichael and the surrounding districts.

My Commitment

I will use my business and commercial experience to help small and medium sized  enterprises  (SMEs) to expand – thereby creating JOBS which will benefit our COMMUNITY. I am also committed to the revitalisation of our county town and and attracting new businesses to Dun Laoghaire.

Other key targets will be a review of parking facilities and charges and  I will campaign for the allocation of sufficient resources to transform Shangannagh Castle into a prized community facility.

The role of the Councillor

The new legislation applying to Local Councils (Local Government Bill – 2013) will introduce far-reaching changes in the way that Councils will be managed in the future.

Local Gov Reorganisation
The two overarching objectives of the Bill are

  • to provide for the significant reorganisation of local government structures and
  • to strengthen governance and accountability in local government, with particular emphasis on rebalancing powers between Central Government and the Elected Council.

Local Enterprise Offices (LEO)
The Government is to set up a new network of LEO’s that will replace the existing County Enterprise Boards.The Government objective is “to breathe new life into local economies so that small businesses can obtain the support they need at their local council offices”.

Action Plan for Jobs
JobsPlus is a new employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register. It is designed to encourage employers and businesses to employ people who have been out of work for long periods. Eligible employers who recruit full-time employees can apply for the financial incentive.

 

If elected, I will endeavor to bring my considerable business experience to bear on pursuing these changed circumstances to the benefit of my local constituents.

DLR Budget ExpendLocal Government is Big Business

The annual Budget for Dunlaoghaire Rathdown Co. Co. for 2014 illustrates the scale of the Council’s business.

Total Expenditure in Delivery of Services is:  €165.5 million

In this regard, I intend to apply my business experience in questioning Council expenditure and identifying potential savings and better value for money with a view to maintaining Property Tax at the lower end of the scale.