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Unexpected Death Highlights Shortcomings in Taxi-Licence Inheritance Changes: McGuinness #Dubw

January 26th 2015 | Posted by David

Dublin West Fianna Fáil Councillor David McGuinness expresses concern over changes to the inheritance of taxi licences. Since March 2014, taxi-licence holders are required to return the S15 form to the National Transport Authority which nominates a person to inherit a taxi licence in the event of the licence-holder’s death. However, in the event of an untimely death, where the S15 form has not been returned, the family of the deceased have no right to inherit the licence.

“A family approached me late in 2014 following the untimely death of their Mother. The deceased owned a taxi licence and had it leased out. Following a short illness, the licence holder unexpectedly died and her family discovered that no S15 form was returned to the National Transport Authority. The man who was driving the taxi is now effectively out of work and the family in question have lost their source of income,” outlined McGuinness.

“The licence was bought at a time when licences were selling for close to £80,000 and was initially inherited by the Mother when her husband passed away. This family has been hit on the double with their property rights being ignored. I understand the children of the deceased are in contact with Taxi-Driver representatives with a view to taking a test case to see if the new laws, passed under then Junior Minister for Transport Alan Kelly, are constitutional,” said McGuinness.

“From discussions with Taxi Drivers here in Blanchardstown, I am strongly of the view that many current licence holders are not fully aware of the implications of these new changes to the inheritance of taxi licences and many drivers have not returned the S15 form to the NTA. This issue has been raised through a parliamentary question, on my behalf, in Dáil Éireann but this may be the first case where an untimely death has lead to the loss of a taxi licence in this state,” concluded McGuinness.

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Channel 4 Famine Sitcom Is A Total Disgrace: McGuinness

January 1st 2015 | Posted by David

Dublin West Fianna Fáil County Councillor and Dublin-Based History teacher David McGuinness has strongly condemned reports that British television station Channel 4 has commissioned a comedy sketch on the topic of the Irish Famine called “Hungry” by Dublin-based writer Hugh Travers. Having directly affected over two million people, this is nothing short of insulting to the memory of those people affected.

“I am extremely saddened and angry that one of the most defining eras in Irish History will be the source for a new sitcom. I am not surprised that it is a British television outlet funding this venture. I do not believe an Irish station would commission this project and I hope that RTÉ, TV3 and other exclusively-Irish television outlets will rule out supporting this programme,” said McGuinness.

“In one of the most authoritive publications on The Irish Famine, called Altas Of The Great Irish Famine edited by John Crowley, William J. Smyth and Mike Murphy in 2012, the preamble outlines the following:

The Great Irish Famine is probably the most pivotal event/experience in modern Irish History. Its global reach and implications cannot be underestimated. In terms of mortality, it is now widely accepted that a million people persished between the years 1845-52 and at least one million and a quarter fled the country…to North America…Australia…and…British cities.

“In addition, the situation, as described by the proposed writer of this satirical sketch Hugh Travers, is not accurate. To suggest that because 170 years have past and that has provided the basis for relooking at these events in a comedic light is totally ignorant of how this issue has been dogged by poor information, social stigma and lack of insight into this time of Irish history,” added McGuinness.

“Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, in her preface to the above publication, puts this point succinctly saying

For many years the event was cloaked in silence, its memory for the most part buried or neglected

and it had a

profound and devastating impact on Irish Society.’

“However, apart from the views of these academics, I firmly believe the Irish people and Irish diaspora throughout the world, will join me in condemning Channel 4’s financing of a show to embarrass and denigrate this important event In Irish History. Jewish people would never endorse making a comedy of the mass extermination of their ancestors at the hands of the Nazis, Cambodians would never support people laughing at what happened their people at the hands of the Khmer Rouge and the people of Somalia, Ethiopia or Sudan would never accept the plight of their people, through generational famine, being the source of humour in Britain.” Concluded McGuinness.

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McGuinness Declares He Will Seek Fianna Fáil Dublin West Nomination

December 11th 2014 | Posted by David

Fianna Fáil Dublin West Councillor David McGuinness has set out his intention to run for the party in the next General Election. At a Comhairle Dáil Ceantair (CDC) meeting tonight in Myo’s Pub Castleknock, McGuinness outlined his plans with the membership of the local organisation and made his declaration known.

“Dublin West is a hotly contested constituency but Fianna Fáil has performed well in two by elections coming second in both of these contests, I believe we have a fighting chance to win a Dáil seat here and I believe I have what it takes to put it up to Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Leo Varadkar,” said McGuinness.

“I am proud of my roots. I was born in Corduff, Blanchardstown, and can safely say being poor and having nothing was the norm for many families. This tough upbringing, however, and good parenting that I got from my Mother and Father, have given me the determination to work hard and have a better life for my family. I want to live in a society that rewards those who work hard and contribute to society. Equally, vulnerable people deserve some dignity and a caring Government unlike this Government who couldn’t care less about the societal issues this country faces,” outlined McGuinness.

“I want to appeal to the electorate to support a candidate who will give hard pressed families the support they need, who is a strong advocate for teachers, Gardaí and Nurses, and reward families who set up a business to try make ends meet. I am that candidate. I want to rebuild our reputation with older citizens who always says ‘Fianna Fáil looked after the old people’, and show people in working class estates that Fianna Fáil was the party who supported them in the past and now have the vision to establish the next generation of communities such as Blanchardstown, Cabra, Mountview and elsewhere,” added McGuinness.

“Fianna Fáil needs to go back to basics and improve their connections with all sections of society. I am canvassing and leafleting constantly and I maintain a strong social-media presence, I work hard for the people of Dublin West through my constituency office on Main Street Blanchardstown, through my clinics and provide a level of service that I believe is unrivalled and caters for all areas across Dublin 15. I hope to secure the nomination from the Fianna Fáil Dublin West organisation and win the hearts of the people across Blanchardstown, Castleknock, Clonsilla, Mulhuddart and Navan Road,” concluded McGuinness.

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Littlepace Mugging Sets Dangerous New Precedent: McGuinness

November 28th 2014 | Posted by David

Councillor David McGuinness has expressed alarm at reports that a women was mugged on Thursday 27th November in Bramblefield estate near Littlepace. Locals report that three youths took a brown handbag from women by force at 9:10pm and made their getaway on foot and on a bicycle.

“This latest crime sets a dangerous new precedent in Dublin 15. Crime reports to date have focused on burglaries and car break ins but residents have been able to walk through their estates without incident generally and this incident will make families question how safe their community really is,” said Councillor David McGuinness.

“I sincerely hope that the victim of this traumatic experience is being comforted by family and friends and will get over this ordeal. The culprits need to be brought to justice and I am encouraging any locals in the Littlepace and Huntstown areas with information to come forward and contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01-6667000,” concluded Councillor David McGuinness.