Mary O’Keeffe
Common Sense, Commitment & Integrity
Mary is a considerate entrepreneurial type with a depth of experience spanning a wide cross- section of disciplines including commerce, marketing, finance and relationships.  Approachable and blessed with a strong  desire to achieve results, Mary makes a positive difference to the chances of success. Vernon CA Breese Director MasonBreese 
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I first met Mary when we were on the Board of a Music Festival together which raised money for charity.Mary is very driven, with a strong work ethic full of energy, ideas and passion. Barbara Corbett Partner Corbett & Le Quesne 
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Email:  info@mary.je Mobile: +44 (0)7797 852273
Mary O’Keeffe For Deputy
Common Sense, Commitment and Integrity
Deputy      St. Saviour 3

Should I be elected as Deputy what shall I do about our Economy?

Income growth We all know that we have an increasing aging population making it essential that that our economy is buoyant and continues to grow. The average working age is 42 years and this is steadily increasing. What can be done about this? Immigration I would propose a robust controlled immigration policy so that we have more key workers to ensure our economy continues to grow. A points based system similar to Australia could work very well here in Jersey. Brexit Post Brexit we must remain close to the UK and work along side their trade deals and forge new ones. We need to work on trade opportunities with non-European countries. I have practical experience in presenting and preparing a case to the External Relations Department. I would be very confident representing our island at an international level. Tax Running the economy of Jersey means that income has to exceed expenditure. The finance industry is under threat due to tax legislation changes, Jersey needs to recognise where it will get its income for the future. I want to progress the tax review to ensure that those paying tax are paying an equitable amount. Not everyone is paying the same amount of tax. We need a simpler tax system so that there is not tax by stealth i.e. water charges, health charges etc. Locate Jersey We need to look at the status of High Net Worth Individuals coming to the Island to ensure that they fairly contribute to the economy and use local services. Digital Jersey I support a continued diversity of our economy with Digital Jersey; there are brilliant young entrepreneurs who are developing IT systems and new social media platforms and digital solutions. I would like to see the infrastructure improved to encourage these bright individuals who will create employment for the local economy. I would like to see a new digital hub created to attract these creative entrepreneurs.

Should I be elected as Deputy what will I do about Health?

I have considerable medical experience with healthcare and management, having worked in a medical practice in Dublin, a hospital in Baghdad and co-owning my own Dental practice in Scotland. I was self-employed in a Dental practice in Jersey for many years. Hospital We need strong leadership to work with the consultants in delivering our new hospital. Enough studies by consultants have been made, now is time to make decisions and get on with it. We must ensure co-ordination across the departments and a concerted effort to deliver a workable plan for the new hospital by the end of the year. I would facilitate getting the Chief Minister, the Health Minister, the Planning Minister, Architect and Consultants around the table to resolve the way forward. Dentistry Looking into the Dental health of our island, providing Dental Services at the local schools in a mobile dental unit providing Dental check ups, Dental care and oral health education. Part funded by corporate sponsorship and the Government. Organ Donation Moving forward the proposition for opt out for organ donations rather than opt in.

Should I be elected as Deputy what do I want to do about the Honorary

Police?

As an elected Centenier for the parish of St Saviour I have had a unique insight into the workings of the Honorary Police. I believe it is a great system and it has worked well for many generations. That said times have changed, prosecutions have become more frequent and have to be presented at the Magistrate court in a very professional way; more training is needed for Centeniers. Root and branch review of the Honorary Police I am concerned about the future of the Honorary Police, which is why I would be proposing a root and branch review of the system so that it can continue to flourish. Future retention of officers My concerns are that we are not getting the right people with commensurate experience and skills coming forward to act as Centeniers. As present it is poorly supported, there is a lack of expertise and professionalism.

Should I be elected as Deputy what do I want to do

about the environment?

Two pledges we can all make to transform our local environment I would like to launch a campaign for the environment. If like me you were shocked by the program on BBC Blue Planet and saw a bird feeding plastic to its young, you would have been very moved. Since that day I have made two pledges to make a big change and I am encouraging you to do the same. Eventually I hope all cafes and restaurants in Jersey will follow. Let us in St Saviour lead the way. Plastic bottles Firstly I will never when humanly possible buy a plastic bottle of water. There is nothing wrong with the water from our taps, so pop it in a jug and cool it in the fridge or reuse the plastic bottle you have already bought, they last forever. I also propose the availability of more public water fountains. Reusable coffee cups I would propose working with café chains to reduce the price of a coffee by 25p if customers bring their own coffee cups with them. I would also like to encourage the coffee houses, bars and restaurants to use biodegradable paper based cups and drinking straws. Let’s together be a model for other parishes in Jersey to follow.

Should I be elected as Deputy what constituency work will I do?

My neighbours As the only candidate who lives in the St Saviour number 3 district putting my neighbours first is a priority. Together we will work on any problems that you have. I will attend and participate in Parish meetings, support our Honorary Police, attend the roads committee meetings and other Parish business. Agriculture Our parish has a high level of Agriculture with many farms. Taking to the Farmers Union the major threat to them currently is the lack of available farm workers. I am also proposing that farmers can through recruitment companies apply for non-European temporary workers to come and work on our farms. The individual farmers would be accountable for the entrance and exit strategy of these workers. These will only be seasonal licences. Without these essential workers our Jersey Royal brand and Jersey Dairy brand will suffer. Traffic calming There are places in the Parish that would benefit from traffic calming measures including La Grande Route de St Martin. There are three roads, Poplar Avenue, Chestnut Avenue and Poplar Close which join La Grande Route De St Martin. I am proposing that this zone is reduced to a 20 mph zone. Housing We need more affordable housing in our parish integrating all. I am proposing the St Saviour site for mixed housing, family homes and apartments for the single people and elderly.

Should I be elected as Deputy what will I do about the Arts?

For far too long Culture and the Arts has been seen as a luxury and not important in Jersey. When we talk about the value of arts and culture to society, we always start with its intrinsic value: how arts and culture can illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world. However, we also understand that arts and culture has a wider, more measurable impact on our economy, health and well-being, society and education & tourism It’s important we also recognise this impact to help people think of our arts and culture for what they are: a strategic island resource. The value of arts and culture to people and society outlines the existing evidence on the impact of arts and culture on our economy, health and well-being, society and education. I am proposing that we have dedicated Arts and culture Minister not tagged on as an after thought to another Ministry. This will ensure that the profile of the Arts and culture is raised in the island and be able to address the issue of grossly inadequate funding within the States. If elected I intend to hold regular surgeries to discuss your concerns. My first meetings are two informal meetings for you to get to know me and discuss your concerns before my policies are finalised. If you are registered to vote for St Saviour number 3 you are invited to join me for coffee on: Tuesday 5.30PM 13th March at JEMEC car showroom at Five Oaks. Monday 11am 26th March at Le Quesnes Garden Centre. I look forward to seeing you there.
Policies May 2018
Mary O’Keeffe
Email:  info@mary.je Mobile: +44 (0)7797 852273

Should I be elected as Deputy what

shall I do about our Economy?

Income growth We all know that we have an increasing aging population making it essential that that our economy is buoyant and continues to grow. The average working age is 42 years and this is steadily increasing. What can be done about this? Immigration I would propose a robust controlled immigration policy so that we have more key workers to ensure our economy continues to grow. A points based system similar to Australia could work very well here in Jersey. Brexit Post Brexit we must remain close to the UK and work along side their trade deals and forge new ones. We need to work on trade opportunities with non-European countries. I have practical experience in presenting and preparing a case to the External Relations Department. I would be very confident representing our island at an international level. Tax Running the economy of Jersey means that income has to exceed expenditure. The finance industry is under threat due to tax legislation changes, Jersey needs to recognise where it will get its income for the future. I want to progress the tax review to ensure that those paying tax are paying an equitable amount. Not everyone is paying the same amount of tax. We need a simpler tax system so that there is not tax by stealth i.e. water charges, health charges etc. Locate Jersey We need to look at the status of High Net Worth Individuals coming to the Island to ensure that they fairly contribute to the economy and use local services. Digital Jersey I support a continued diversity of our economy with Digital Jersey; there are brilliant young entrepreneurs who are developing IT systems and new social media platforms and digital solutions. I would like to see the infrastructure improved to encourage these bright individuals who will create employment for the local economy. I would like to see a new digital hub created to attract these creative entrepreneurs.

Should I be elected as Deputy what will

I do about Health?

I have considerable medical experience with healthcare and management, having worked in a medical practice in Dublin, a hospital in Baghdad and co-owning my own Dental practice in Scotland. I was self-employed in a Dental practice in Jersey for many years. Hospital We need strong leadership to work with the consultants in delivering our new hospital. Enough studies by consultants have been made, now is time to make decisions and get on with it. We must ensure co-ordination across the departments and a concerted effort to deliver a workable plan for the new hospital by the end of the year. I would facilitate getting the Chief Minister, the Health Minister, the Planning Minister, Architect and Consultants around the table to resolve the way forward. Dentistry Looking into the Dental health of our island, providing Dental Services at the local schools in a mobile dental unit providing Dental check ups, Dental care and oral health education. Part funded by corporate sponsorship and the Government. Organ Donation Moving forward the proposition for opt out for organ donations rather than opt in.

Should I be elected as Deputy what do

I want to do about the Honorary

Police?

As an elected Centenier for the parish of St Saviour I have had a unique insight into the workings of the Honorary Police. I believe it is a great system and it has worked well for many generations. That said times have changed, prosecutions have become more frequent and have to be presented at the Magistrate court in a very professional way; more training is needed for Centeniers. Root and branch review of the Honorary Police I am concerned about the future of the Honorary Police, which is why I would be proposing a root and branch review of the system so that it can continue to flourish. Future retention of officers My concerns are that we are not getting the right people with commensurate experience and skills coming forward to act as Centeniers. As present it is poorly supported, there is a lack of expertise and professionalism.

Should I be elected as Deputy what do

I want to do about the environment?

Two pledges we can all make to transform our local environment I would like to launch a campaign for the environment. If like me you were shocked by the program on BBC Blue Planet and saw a bird feeding plastic to its young, you would have been very moved. Since that day I have made two pledges to make a big change and I am encouraging you to do the same. Eventually I hope all cafes and restaurants in Jersey will follow. Let us in St Saviour lead the way. Plastic bottles Firstly I will never when humanly possible buy a plastic bottle of water. There is nothing wrong with the water from our taps, so pop it in a jug and cool it in the fridge or reuse the plastic bottle you have already bought, they last forever. I also propose the availability of more public water fountains. Reusable coffee cups I would propose working with café chains to reduce the price of a coffee by 25p if customers bring their own coffee cups with them. I would also like to encourage the coffee houses, bars and restaurants to use biodegradable paper based cups and drinking straws. Let’s together be a model for other parishes in Jersey to follow.

Should I be elected as Deputy what

constituency work will I do?

My neighbours As the only candidate who lives in the St Saviour number 3 district putting my neighbours first is a priority. Together we will work on any problems that you have. I will attend and participate in Parish meetings, support our Honorary Police, attend the roads committee meetings and other Parish business. Agriculture Our parish has a high level of Agriculture with many farms. Taking to the Farmers Union the major threat to them currently is the lack of available farm workers. I am also proposing that farmers can through recruitment companies apply for non-European temporary workers to come and work on our farms. The individual farmers would be accountable for the entrance and exit strategy of these workers. These will only be seasonal licences. Without these essential workers our Jersey Royal brand and Jersey Dairy brand will suffer. Traffic calming There are places in the Parish that would benefit from traffic calming measures including La Grande Route de St Martin. There are three roads, Poplar Avenue, Chestnut Avenue and Poplar Close which join La Grande Route De St Martin. I am proposing that this zone is reduced to a 20 mph zone. Housing We need more affordable housing in our parish integrating all. I am proposing the St Saviour site for mixed housing, family homes and apartments for the single people and elderly.

Should I be elected as Deputy what will

I do about the Arts?

For far too long Culture and the Arts has been seen as a luxury and not important in Jersey. When we talk about the value of arts and culture to society, we always start with its intrinsic value: how arts and culture can illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world. However, we also understand that arts and culture has a wider, more measurable impact on our economy, health and well- being, society and education & tourism It’s important we also recognise this impact to help people think of our arts and culture for what they are: a strategic island resource. The value of arts and culture to people and society outlines the existing evidence on the impact of arts and culture on our economy, health and well-being, society and education. I am proposing that we have dedicated Arts and culture Minister not tagged on as an after thought to another Ministry. This will ensure that the profile of the Arts and culture is raised in the island and be able to address the issue of grossly inadequate funding within the States. If elected I intend to hold regular surgeries to discuss your concerns. My first meetings are two informal meetings for you to get to know me and discuss your concerns before my policies are finalised. If you are registered to vote for St Saviour number 3 you are invited to join me for coffee on: Tuesday 5.30PM 13th March at JEMEC car showroom at Five Oaks. Monday 11am 26th March at Le Quesnes Garden Centre. I look forward to seeing you there.
Mary O’Keeffe For Deputy Common Sense,Commitment & Integrity St. Saviour 3
Policies May 2018
@maryfordeupty