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Councillor David McGuinness - Representing Dublin 15 on Fingal County Council

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McGuinness Calls on Irish Government to Investigate ‘Regin’ International Spying Software

November 23rd 2014 | Posted by David

“Experts say Russia, Saudi Arabia and Ireland mainly affected”

Fianna Fáil Dublin West Councillor David McGuinness has expressed alarm at breaking news that Symantec has discovered an international spying software which is claimed to be developed by a Government designed to spy on government organisations, businesses and private individuals around the world.

“Symantec, a company which is based in my constituency of Dublin West, has detailed a very serious threat to international cyber security which has primarily affected Ireland. I believe the Government should immediately set up a meeting with Symantec officials in Blanchardstown with a view to get to the bottom of this situation. Ireland is proud of our record in attracting foreign direct investment and we owe it to those companies who reside here, and our citizens, to take this issue seriously and set in motion a process to stop ‘Regin’ affecting our country,” outlined McGuinness.

“The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon should also be instructed to establish an enquiry into potential data breaches which Symantec and the BBC have detailed this evening. The extent of the operations that ‘Regin’ engaged in over the past 6 years or so are not fully known or disclosed but this issue will receive significant international investigation which should be mirrored here in Ireland,” concluded McGuinness.

link below to BBC article detailing Ireland as one of three main countries affected

http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-30171614

Symantec’s release http://symc.ly/11OLgti

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McGuinness Welcomes News of 1,400 Jobs for Blanchardstown

November 14th 2014 | Posted by David

Dublin West Fianna Fáil Councillor David McGuinness has welcomed news that 1,000 construction jobs and 400 permanent skilled jobs will be created following an announcement by Bristol Meyers Squibb today outlining an expansion of operation at their Cruiserath Site in North Blanchardstown.

“BMS are an important company in Dublin West. They have provided a base of Pharma Excellence and have provided employment for a lot of families in West Dublin. Recently, a job loss announcement from BMS was devastating for the area but today’s announcement is excellent news for Dublin 15,” said McGuinness.

“This news comes following the arrival a new Pharma plant beside BMS. Alexion Pharmaceutical are currently building their plant across the road from BMS and Dublin 15 is quickly becoming a centre of excellence for the pharmaceutical industry. I would like to congratulate the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Fingal County Council for their continued efforts in developing Dublin West as a hub of Foreign-Direct Investment,” concluded McGuinness.

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Dublin Bus and Rail Rip Off Needs to be Opposed: McGuinness

October 28th 2014 | Posted by David

Leo Varadkar’s Legacy Delivers Year on Year Price Increases Despite rising Passenger Numbers

Dublin West Councillor David McGuinness has called the latest announcement by the National Transport Authority (NTA) a complete Rip off. Dublin Bus passengers travelling from The Blanchardstown Shopping Centre to Dublin City Centre will see their fare increase from €3.05 to €3.30 while train passengers commuting from Castleknock, Coolmine or Clonsilla to Dublin City Centre will also see their fares increase by 4.3% or €6 for a return journey.

“With the M50 getting more congested by the day and volumes of traffic on the capital’s roads returning to pre-recession levels, the Government’s solution is to drive people away from public transportation by these sharp increases in fares. Petrol and Diesel prices have shown consistent signs of coming down. Now is not the time to make personal car journeys more appealing than using the bus or train,” said McGuinness.

“Apart from the negative impact that these increases will have on the commuting members of Dublin’s workforce, who are driving Ireland’s economic recovery, they also have a huge impact on those who are totally dependent on public transportation. These are the same poor people who can not rely on the use of the leap card and will inevitably use cash when making necessary journeys within their communities. Unemployed and lower-paid workers will see there resrouces drained by these increases which they have had to endure over recent years,” added McGuinness.

“This represents Leo Varadkar’s legacy from the Department of Transport. In Fenruary of 2014, the then Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said:

I would anticipate that when we look at the fares again in December, we will not see anything like 5%. Increases will be much more moderate.’

Today’s annnouncement flies in the face of the Minister’s empty promises as increases represent between 5% and 13%. This is a disgraceful way to treat workers and the poorest of society. The Government’s agenda is flawed and people are losing faith in their public transportation. The service has not seen a corresponding increase in delivery so these fare increases are totally unjustified and need to be opposed,” concluded McGuinness.

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McGuinness Calls for Clarity and Calm Following Suspected Ebola Case in Tyrrelstown, Dublin West

October 20th 2014 | Posted by David

McGuinness Calls for Clarity and Calm Following Suspected Ebola Case in Tyrrelstown, Dublin West

Fianna Fáil Dublin West Councillor David McGuinness has called for calm following news that a suspected case of Ebola has been identified in Tyrrelstown this morning. The public need clarity over the circumstances surrounding this case.

“Rumours were circulating around Dublin West this morning claiming that a person was being treated for suspected Ebola. I proactively contacted the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre to ascertain the veracity of the reports. The news then broke in the media afterwards,” Outlined McGuinness.

“Tyrrelstown has a high population of families with links to Western Africa. This is a very serious incident which will have a significant impact on the public. I am calling for calm and a campaign of public information to offset any panic in Dublin West,” concluded McGuinness.