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Meet the Candidate: Cllr. Jack White, Fine Gael


About Me:

I am originally from Myrtleville, near Crosshaven, where I grew up and went to school and I am living in Carrigaline now for the past decade. I spent 12 wonderful years working at this newspaper, both as an employee and director before deciding to work full time in public representation.

 

Journey to Politics:

I am a full-time County Councillor and I’ve been in the role since 2021 when I was co-opted to replace former Cllr, Liam O’Connor. I also work for Simon Coveney TD at his Carrigaline office, taking charge of all things local that comes our way.

I am 32 years of age, and so I am still relatively young in politics, but I am enjoying the journey so far.

 


Cllr. Jack White

On amenity space:

Key priorities for me in this local election include, the delivery of more recreation & amenity space – we need more parks, playing pitches, walkways and centrally in my view, we need a public swimming pool and indoor sports complex located in Carrigaline but to serve the whole of the district.

The topic of recreation and amenity space is the most discussed item I’ve encountered since we began canvassing in January.

Aligned with this, Crosshaven needs a serious investment by Cork County council in Carparking. The village is being held back by the lack of adequate carparking and I am already engaging with the Council to address this. There are also some very exiting plans in the pipeline for Tracton which I’m hoping will be coming to fruition shortly.

 

On housing:

Another key item, of course, is housing. The now sprawling town of Carrigaline, along with the ever-growing Passage West & Crosshaven have delivered a lot in terms of housing stock – but of course more is needed. I am 32, I know what it is like to struggle with high rents and I know what the struggle is like to buy. We need more zoned land, we need more proper and responsible planning, we need quicker decisions from An Bord Pleanala and we need much stricter enforcement on dereliction to bring disused buildings back to life for housing. If I’m fortunate enough to be elected, these are all points that I will prioritise.

 

On small local enterprises:

Thirdly, I am the only candidate running in the Carrigaline LEA that has operated a small business in recent times and fully understands the challenges of business in the modern environment. I have owned and operated a couple of small businesses and I know better than most the challenges of cash-flow, managing payroll, dealing with Revenue and everything else that comes with managing a small business. Therefore, I want to continue representing to voice of small business in our area, both at Council level and feeding information up the line to Government.

 

I really want to continue the work I’ve been fortunate enough to start. I am lucky to have the strong backing of both FG Councillors that were elected last time out – Aidan Lombard and Liam O’Connor. Together, I am trying to continue their great work and forge my own path too.

 

On why you should vote for me:

I believe I can achieve a lot more for this area, but I am asking you to give me a chance and please help me with your No.1 Vote on June 7th. Thank You.

I really want to continue the work I’ve been fortunate enough to start. I am lucky to have the strong backing of both FG Councillors that were elected last time out – Aidan Lombard and Liam O’Connor. Together, I am trying to continue their great work and forge my own path too. Jack.

 

 

Cllr. Jack White operates Constituency Clinics Mon – Fri by appointment at the office of Simon Coveney TD. All welcome.

Phone: 086-8967343

Facebook: @CllrJackWhite

Instagram: @cllrjackwhite

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