Jim Hickey, Sinn Fein
Planning consultant/project manager
Why have you decided to run in the local elections?
I want to be strong voice for the ordinary people of Cappamore/Kilmallock in our local council. I have been a member of several voluntary organisations such as the GAA for the last 40 years and I have seen how a community can grow stronger together. The results of which make everybody’s life in that community more enriching and makes everybody in the community valued. However, we see that a lot of organisations / communities struggle with funding. I want to make sure that the local council’s budget is fairly distributed throughout the area. In my opinion, I think it’s very evident that different areas/communities are benefiting more than others.
Why should people vote for you?
I will be a full time representative for my constituents if elected. I will be resolving any problems or issues that people have, but more importantly I will be the voice of ordinary people, whose voice has not been listened to over the last five years. I feel that I have a lot to give to the local council. I have been through many life experiences, both good and bad, and having gone through those times I can empathise with all people and help them in their needs.
What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?
Rural Ireland is being isolated by the measures that are being taken by our Government. The Government, by closing rural garda stations have left a lot of people vulnerable to crime. I will commit to bringing all issues and concerns of my constituents to both the council and joint policing committee. I want to get more policing resources put back into rural communities so both the elderly and young families can feel safe in their homes.
A better transport service needs to be reviewed, to see how we can make our local communities more connected. There are a lot of great villages and towns in our area where I think our businesses could thrive in, if better transport connections were set up between them. Results of which would be to create employment through new alternatives of transport and create employment in our villages. I’ll be campaigning for greater investment in local and affordable housing for rural County Limerick. Young people are being shut out of the housing market. Limerick City and County Council must do more. Housing maintenance from the council is virtually non-existent. Currently our party, Sinn Fein, is leading the charge on trying to change policy around housing at Government level. Greater funding needs to be given to our local council. Our rural road network, as can plainly be seen, is not being adequately maintained at present. A bigger push needs to happen from the council to get these roads to a safe and quality level that our families drive every day.
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