Greystones Town Council seeks weekend polling day

Thu, Aug 1, 2013

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At the July meeting of Greystones Town Council unanimous approval was given to a motion proposed by Fine Gael Councillor James O’Sullivan. The motion sought that the polling day for the 2014 Local Elections take place on a Friday or Saturday to ensure that everyone has the greatest possible chance to vote.

The 2014 local elections will be held in all the counties, cities and towns of Ireland on the same day as the European Parliament elections. The European Union has stipulated that elections to the European Parliament must be held in all member states between 22 and 25 May 2014. It is then left to member states to decide on which day to hold polling.

Speaking on the matter Councillor O’Sullivan said, “It is vitally important that everyone has the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote. In recent elections we have seen very low levels of turn out. A weekend polling day would allow people who may be away from home during the week, such as students, to exercise their democratic right to vote.”

“Every citizen of Ireland ordinarily resident in the State, who is aged 18 years or over on polling day, and whose name is entered on the register of electors is entitled to vote. Our Country, County, and community face many challenges and opportunities in the years ahead. The fact is that decisions are made by those who show up. It is very important that everyone makes sure their voice is heard and a weekend polling day will provide that opportunity”.

“I would like to thank my colleagues on Greystones Town Council for supporting this motion. The Council will now write to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government requesting that the polling day for 2014 Local and European Elections take place on a Friday or Saturday,” concluded Councillor O’Sullivan.

 

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“SafeTown” initiative

Thu, Aug 1, 2013

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Fine Gael Councillor James O’Sullivan has welcomed a “SafeTown” initiative following a presentation to the Greystones Joint Policing Committee.

SafeTown is an Irish initiative using high-tech technologies that helps to create a safer environment for communities. Using an advanced digital CCTV system, combined with tried and tested protocols, skills and signage, SafeTown communities send a clear message that in a SafeTown everything is in plain view and criminal and anti-social activities are immediately detected. 

Speaking after the Joint Policing Committee meeting Councillor O’Sullivan said, “I very much welcome this initiative and would strongly advocate that it be introduced in the Greystones area. This new concept for fighting crime and preventing anti-social behavior would act as a deterrent to criminals.”

“As part of the initiative public signage would be installed to remind visitors that Greystones is a “SafeTown”. These are intended to remind everyone of the presence of the high definition security cameras in the area. The signage encourages any would be criminals or those with anti-social intent to leave the area.”

“I was particularly interested in the element of the presentation that dealt with data protection. Under the scheme, if a crime was reported, a data controller authorised by the local authority and Gardaí could view the recordings made at the time of the event. Where there is video evidence that can help the Gardaí, it is passed to them and can be later used in court. On days or nights when no events are reported, no-one will ever see those recordings,” Councillor O’Sullivan said.

“I strongly believe that this scheme could improve the quality of life for residents of Greystones, reduce burglaries and also assist our local businesses in preventing shop lifting,” concluded Councillor O’Sullivan.

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Charlesland road pedestrian traffic lights at Shoreline now operational

Tue, Jul 9, 2013

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Greystones Fine Gael Councillor James O’Sullivan has welcomed the turning on of the pedestrian traffic lights on the Charlesland road.

Speaking on the issue, Councillor O’Sullivan said, “I’m delighted to see that the pedestrian traffic lights, on the Charlesland road near the Shoreline Leisure Centre, are finally now operational.”

“I initially raised this important issue at a Town Council meeting in April 2011 and have repeatedly sought that these lights be made operational. I would like to commend Council staff for there efforts in this regard.”

“In Greystones we have the nonsensical situation where excessive traffic calming measures have been installed in some areas while other areas have become increasingly dangerous due to a lack of adequate traffic control and neglect. A clear indication of this was the Charlesland road where traffic lights had been installed but yet were never turned on. Better planning and resources are required at a local level to ensure the roads in the area are safe but also efficient for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”

“The Charlesland road is a vital artery for accessing the N11 for Greystones. It was imperative to get these traffic lights operational for pedestrians and I’m delighted to see this issue finally resolved,” concluded Councillor O’Sullivan.

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Statement – Local Elections 2014

Tue, Mar 19, 2013

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It is with much regret that I must announce that I will not be in a position to go forward as a local election candidate in the Greystones area in 2014. I’m currently fortunate to have a rewarding career in financial regulation and it has now become clear to me that it will not be possible to seek another term in Public Office, whilst also pursing this career path.

This was a difficult choice as I had hoped to continue to serve as a Public Representative beyond 2014. However, having consulted with family and friends, I believe this is the right decision. I would like to thank my supporters for their help, encouragement and advice which has been a tremendous source of support since my election in 2009.

I have made this decision public in order to allow the Fine Gael party time to find a replacement candidate. I certainly hope that another young person will come forward to take up the challenge. We need more young people involved in politics now more than ever.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Councillors and the staff of Greystones Town Council for the courtesy they have always extended to me. While we have not always agreed on every issue, I know that each of them have the best interests of our community at heart.

I look forward to continue to serve my community as a Fine Gael member of Greystones Town Council until the current term ends in 2014, and beyond 2014 I hope to continue to play an active role within both my party and my community.

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Real-time information signs provided for Greystones – O’Sullivan

Tue, Nov 20, 2012

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Councillor James O’Sullivan, a Fine Gael member of Greystones Town Council, has welcomed the provision of real-time information signs at Greystones Train Station.

Irish Rail previously provided written assurances that they would get the electronic signs operational in the first-half of 2012. It has taken considerably longer than first anticipated but the signs are now in operation.

Speaking on the development, Councillor O’Sullivan said, “I’m delighted to report that the electronic real-time information signs are now working at Greystones Train Station. I know this has been a long running issue and was a source of much frustration for commuters.”

“The provision of these signs represent a fundamental requirement for any rail service. While I’m disappointed that it took this long to achieve, I’m glad that the signs are now working.”

“As a member of Greystones Town Council, I had previously written to the Chief Executive of Irish Rail, Mr. Richard Fearns, seeking that this issue in Greystones Train Station be addressed”

“I look forward to continuing to work with Irish Rail to resolve the other problems at Greystones Train Station”, concluded Councillor O’Sullivan.

Cllr. James O’Sullivan P.C.

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