Gerald NashGerald Nash TD Minister of State attending the Government and Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with responsibility With Special responsibility for small business and collective bargaining Ireland Midlands North West : Louth : Drogheda East

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Gerald Nash is the TD for Louth East Meath constituency. He is a former Councillor on both Louth County Council & Drogheda Borough Council and a former Mayor of Drogheda, he served, at 28 years of age, as the youngest First Citizen in the modern history of Ireland's largest town in the years 2004-2005.

He topped the poll by a substantial margin again in the 2009 Local Elections, having moved from Drogheda West to the Drogheda East Electoral Area, an area where Labour hasdn't won a seat since 1991.

He successfully contested the last General Election in the newly expanded Louth East Meath Dáil constituency which now includes areas such as Bettystown, Laytown, Mornington, Donancarney, Julianstown and the housing estates on Drogheda's border with Co. Meath such as Highlands, Grange Rath, Lagavooren Manor and Millmount Abbey.

He has a widely recognised track record of work and delivery on housing, enterprise, economic development, arts, sport and youth affairs projects and initiatives.

His priorities include a focus on job creation and sustainable economic growth. A fair, equitable and properly resourced health service is also important to him. He is also passionate about the opportunities education can provide to people from all walks of life and at every stage of life. The transparent and sustainable planning of communities continues to be a core principle for Gerald Nash since he first entered public life in 1999.

Since entering the Dáil he has been appointed vice chair of the Labour Parliamentary Party. He serves on three Dáil Committees:  Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht Committee; Foreign Affairs Committee; Public Accounts Committee. He also serves as chair of Labour's New Policy Forum and is chair of the Oireachtas Friends of Palestine.

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