Local Election Candidate for West Wicklow

Dave is a Software Developer from Tallaght, now living in Blessington town with his fiancée Amy.

Like many residents of West Wicklow, Dave commutes into Dublin City during the week, so he experiences first-hand the long drives, the late evenings, the traffic congestion, the poor infrastructure, and the inadequate public transport.

Dave was the main organiser of the Together For Yes (Repeal the Eighth) campaign in West Wicklow, and along with a passionate local team hung dozens of posters, knocked on hundreds of doors, and distributed thousands of leaflets.

Dave studied Computer Science at University College Dublin, and has subsequently taken courses in Journalism, Entrepreneurship and Project Management. He has worked for a range of start-ups and established companies across different sectors, most recently news media.

Dave is new to politics, and is hoping to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the council. He does not feel that there is adequate representation for the many young families and commuters living in Blessington, and is looking forward to hearing their concerns over the coming months.

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On International #DayAgainstRacism I'm happy to sign the #LE19 Anti-Racism Election Protocol. In the aftermath of the devastating attack in Christchurch, we've seen some heartwarming responses and decisive political leadership, but we've also seen vile vitriol, racist pandering, and fear-mongering.

I think it's important for politicians and community leaders to renounce the latter, and to continue to promote Wicklow as a compassionate and welcoming home for all.

In recent years there has been an alarming resurgence of nationalistic rhetoric and political agitation which seeks to perpetuate discord, xenophobia and segregation. Unscrupulous politicians and shock-jocks encourage us to respond to global challenges by retreating behind walls and national borders; to appeal to nostalgic and romantic notions of a bygone era that we should return to.

These people are selling a lie.

Migration has been a phenomenon in different forms for as long as there has been human settlement, and it is only likely to increase in the coming decades due to climate change, regional conflict, economic upheaval, and ethnic/religious oppression.

We must take action to address the underlying factors which drive large populations out of their homelands, but it is also incumbent on national and international political institutions to respond to these trends by developing systems to ensure that migrants are given safe asylum, and that we support their integration in a compassionate and sustainable way.

Local government has a role to play in this also, and I intend to be vigilant and hard-working in opposing racism and helping our new immigrant families to integrate and to feel welcome in our community.

#AREP19 #ARM19 #TogetherAgainstRacism
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On International #DayAgainstRacism Im happy to sign the #LE19 Anti-Racism Election Protocol. In the aftermath of the devastating attack in Christchurch, weve seen some heartwarming responses and decisive political leadership, but weve also seen vile vitriol, racist pandering, and fear-mongering.

I think its important for politicians and community leaders to renounce the latter, and to continue to promote Wicklow as a compassionate and welcoming home for all.

In recent years there has been an alarming resurgence of nationalistic rhetoric and political agitation which seeks to perpetuate discord, xenophobia and segregation. Unscrupulous politicians and shock-jocks encourage us to respond to global challenges by retreating behind walls and national borders; to appeal to nostalgic and romantic notions of a bygone era that we should return to.

These people are selling a lie.

Migration has been a phenomenon in different forms for as long as there has been human settlement, and it is only likely to increase in the coming decades due to climate change, regional conflict, economic upheaval, and ethnic/religious oppression.

We must take action to address the underlying factors which drive large populations out of their homelands, but it is also incumbent on national and international political institutions to respond to these trends by developing systems to ensure that migrants are given safe asylum, and that we support their integration in a compassionate and sustainable way.

Local government has a role to play in this also, and I intend to be vigilant and hard-working in opposing racism and helping our new immigrant families to integrate and to feel welcome in our community.

#AREP19 #ARM19 #TogetherAgainstRacism

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Well articulated Dave ✅

With you, Dave McGinn. Well put.

Thank you for your support!

The closing date for submissions about the swimming pool is today!! You can either write a letter and drop it into the County Council buildings in Blessington before 5pm today or email [email protected]
This is your chance to let Wicklow County Council know why we NEED a swimming pool in West Wicklow!!!!
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What a great parade! 😀 ☘️ So nice to see the whole community coming together for this - great turnout for it, despite the weather (hey, we did get a bit of sunshine 🌞). It’s really humbling to see all of the clubs, schools, sports teams, and other community groups in the one place - there’s so much going on around Blessington, and so many young families! Big thank you to Blessington St. Patricks Day Parade 2019 for organising, and to all of the various groups & local businesses that helped, participated, and donated to make this such a lovely day for families. 👏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

What a great parade! 😀 ☘️ So nice to see the whole community coming together for this - great turnout for it, despite the weather (hey, we did get a bit of sunshine 🌞). It’s really humbling to see all of the clubs, schools, sports teams, and other community groups in the one place - there’s so much going on around Blessington, and so many young families! Big thank you to Blessington St. Patricks Day Parade 2019 for organising, and to all of the various groups & local businesses that helped, participated, and donated to make this such a lovely day for families. 👏🏻

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Humble brag coming on......ours was better!

If it’s any consolation, it was pouring here all day ☘️

Paddy has taken a stretch.

The N81 is Dangerous and Unsustainable

Almost certainly the issue most frequently raised with me as I've been canvassing in recent weeks is the much-needed upgrade of the N81, which has been the subject of campaigning by West Wicklow residents for many years. The road has multiples of the national average for single vehicle and head-on collisions, and this is not surprising given that it is a single lane shared by cars, buses, tractors, cyclists and HGV trucks.

I drive to Dublin every morning on my commute, so I'm very familiar with the experience of waiting for dozens of cars to pass before I can join the road; being stuck behind a convoy of HGV trucks from the quarries; and being unable to see road markings because they've been obscured by dirt.

This is stifling the development of the region. We cannot keep inviting more vehicles onto the road, so local residents are compelled to object to planning permission on that basis; there is in the region of 1000 new houses planned for Blessington - how will the road sustain the influx of new commuters?

The upgrade needs to be progressed quickly so that West Wicklow has the infrastructure that it needs to develop in a sustainable way.
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Your right Davina, maybe you could get a start on that before next year Dave McGinn the lighting on the N81 is appalling in this day and age. Scary late at night in winter especially for lady drivers. Visibility for pedestrians and drivers is dangerous.

And it's pitch black!!!

Well said bud.

More recently with the road works on the N4/ M50 traffic has multiplied on the N81 because people are using it as a fast track to Dublin. I leave my house a half hour earlier now to avoid early morning car wars by impatient insane drivers who overtake lines of traffic like suicidal maniacs putting lives at risk. It should also be policed more frequently for crazy speed freaks. A death trap! I welcome the changes but it's not enough, too many lives have been lost already. But please keep up the good fight. 👍

Wicklow County Council are seeking submissions from the public regarding a proposed public swimming pool in Blessington. These submissions are to be taken into account by the consultant conducting a feasibility study on the proposed pool, which Community Pool for West Wicklow and others have been campaigning for recently. If there are any questions, best to direct them to the group at [email protected], otherwise submissions can be submitted to the address below. ... See MoreSee Less

Wicklow County Council are seeking submissions from the public regarding a proposed public swimming pool in Blessington. These submissions are to be taken into account by the consultant conducting a feasibility study on the proposed pool, which Community Pool for West Wicklow and others have been campaigning for recently. If there are any questions, best to direct them to the group at poolforwestwicklow@gmail.com, otherwise submissions can be submitted to the address below.

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Again , you have access to two pools within a 15 km circle. Crazy that they wouldn’t move back to where it was always supposed to be, Baltinglass.

Sure yas have a lake!

Public transport survey here for Baltinglass residents www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJSKTNQ

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Board answering to the CEO rather than the other way around was always going to lead to corporate governance issues - people won't challenge. Where are the Independent people on the board following the Genesis Report recommendations? @CathMurphyTD
#TonightVMTV #socdems
#Dail

While Washington was fixated on the end of the Mueller probe, Avenatti was allegedly being recorded in New York saying all of this

https://t.co/XXDQHPzNj8

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