A Positive Voice Working for the Community in:
Supporting local business to attract and retain jobs
I oppose an increase in commercial tax rates over the term of the incoming council. The 3% increase accepted by businesses for Galway’s 2020 European Capital of Culture bid should be re-applied for an Economic Development Fund from 2021 onwards.
Unrated commercial premises must be levied with an annual service charge until rates valuation is complete. I will continue to support no increase of the current Local Property Tax, and freeze commercial water charges until the systemic leakages are brought under control in the city. We have 93% leakage in some areas at present!
As a councillor I have successfully championed Galway’s businesses working together for mutual benefit. I led the successful team which saw Galway win the Best Enterprise Town Award, and helped develop the Credit Union’s Connect Card across retailers. I fully support The Village Salthill in attracting more business and tourism. Leisureland needs to be developed as a regional Confernce Centre, working with the Galway Conference Bureau.
I helped roll-out free WiFi in Salthill and across the city, and will continue to liaise with Galway’s Local Enterprise Office to assist small businesses across our community.
As a retailer & member of the Chamber of Commerce
I support no increase in commercial rates and I have campaigned for unrated commercial premises to be levied with an annual service charge until rates valuation is complete.
Water charges for businesses to be frozen at current level until the leakage system is brought under control in City.
I fully support and work with The Village Salthill in attracting more business and tourism.
Leisureland needs to be developed as a City Conference Centre.
I have successfully been involved in the development of the Credit Union Connect Card bringing Galway Businesses together.
I led the team who won the Best Enterprise Town Award for Galway city.
I work with Galway Local Enterprise Office in assisting with small businesses in our community and I played an integral part in the role out of Free WiFi across the city.