Opening Bell: Apple says UK surveillance rules will affect Ireland, hoteliers' bumper-year, SpaceX makes history

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Apple has attacked the UK Government's proposed new legislation on surveillance.

In its first specific response to the Investigatory Powers Bill - the so-called "Snoopers' Charter," the US technology giant says "this bill will put law-abiding citizens at risk - not the criminals, hackers and terrorists.

"The fact is to comply with the Government's proposal, the personal data of millions of law-abiding citizens would be less secure."

The company added that these rules could affect its Irish operations, saying, "If the UK asserts jurisdiction over Irish or American businesses, other states will too."


Almost 90% of Irish hotels and guesthouses have reported increases in the amount of business coming through their doors over the past year and 60% say that they took on new staff during the last 12 months.

The Irish Hotels Federation's (IHF) Hotel Barometer also found that business owners are confident that the number of visitors coming to Ireland will increase again in 2016.

"Irish tourism has performed strongly throughout the year and we're now approaching a record-breaking 8 million overseas visitors for 2015," IHF president Stephen McNally said.

92% of respondents said that they plan to invest in refurbishment and product development in the new year. Tourism Ireland expects a record-breaking number of visitors in the new year with a projected 8.2 million people coming to the country.


SpaceX made history last night landing a Falcon 9 reusable rocket which had been in orbital space delivering satellites.

The last attempt at this feat in June resulted in the space vessel exploding shortly after takeoff.

Mastering the engineering of reusable rockets would make space travel significantly cheaper.

The privately owned company was founded by Elon Musk - the entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and Tesla Motors.


The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) expects 2015 to be its busiest year ever - with passenger growth of 7.7%.

Head of external communications at the DAA, Siobhan O'Donnell said that the airport is, "focusing on growing our transatlantic routes and connectivity by marketing US Customs and Border Protection facility."

In 2014 over 26 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport - making it the 18th busiest airport in the EU.