This week’s Dundalk Democrat

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This week’s Dundalk Democrat leads with a story about Gardaí keeping pressure on fuel gangs in the area. There’s also the continued fall-out from the pre-Christmas fires at Clanbrassil Street, with the buildings affected – The Cycle Shop and The Greenmount – set to be demolished. There’s also a review of the year and all the results for the annual Dundalk Coursing Club event.

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Donohoe murder suspects face US deportation

The late Adrian Donohoe RIP

The late Adrian Donohoe RIP

Two men suspected of being involved in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe last January face being deported from the US in the coming weeks as their holiday visas are due to expire in the coming weeks.

According to The Irish Independent, there is fresh hope amongst gardaí that the individuals will be deported from New York so that they can be quizzed about the killing at Lordship Credit Union almost a year ago.

Gardaí have been liaising with the FBI in keeping surveillance on the two suspects and reportedly met them in New York last week.

The suspects were compelled to meet Gardaí under US law but refused to answer any questions in the presence of American police.

It is expected that the pace of the investigation will pick up once the anniversary of Adrian’s death has passed on January 25th.

The suspects, including the criminal who is believed to have fired the shotgun at the detective, cannot be extradited unless the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) rules that they should face criminal charges. But they can be deported if they overstay their visas.

Source: Suspects in Adrian Donohoe murder face being deported from US (Irish Independent)

H&M coming to the Marshes

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Swedish clothing retailer H&M are rumoured to be opening in the Marshes Shopping Centre in the New Year.

Talk of the Town hears that the men and women’s fashion giant is moving into the unit previously occupied by Tom Tailor, which closed prior to Christmas.

That unit, as well as those surrounding it, was the subject of a planning application from the Marshes in recent times to expand it.

H&M recently secured a prominent site in Dublin’s College Green to open up a flagship Irish store there.

Generous Aaron comes up trumps for Young Irelands

Aaron Rogers (right) making a €2,500 donation to Dundalk Young Irelands treasurer Barry McDermott

Aaron Rogers (right) making a €2,500 donation to Dundalk Young Irelands treasurer Barry McDermott

There was a welcome late Christmas present for local personal trainer Aaron Rogers at the weekend.

Aaron, who works in The Gym on the Avenue Road, claimed the €5,000 top prize in the St Patrick’s GFC D-KUBE competition, which was based around the popular ‘The Cube’ gameshow on ITV.

Showing plenty of festive spirit, Aaron then donated €2,500 of his prize money to his beloved club, Dundalk Young Irelands, whom he captained to the Louth Intermediate Football Championship title in 2010.

Well done Aaron, a great gesture in the season of goodwill.

Intreo Centre coming to Dundalk

Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD

Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD

Dundalk will be one of 43 locations around the country where an Intreo Centre will open by the end of January.

Intreo Centres are one stop shops, providing income support and employment services to jobseekers, while also helping employers to recruit staff.

Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD said: “There are a number of new features in the Intreo service which were not a part of the old social welfare local office model. These include client profiling and early group engagement, regular one-to-one meetings with case officers which focus on employment supports and monitoring of the client’s progress. The integrated decision-making process is leading to quicker decisions on applications for weekly payments and the recently launched Benefit of Work Ready Reckoner highlights the difference for jobseekers between potential income from work and the welfare payments they currently receive.

“Intreo Centres are not just for jobseekers, they are also for employers. We provide a range of supports for employers, such as JobsPlus, the wage subsidy scheme where the State pays approximately €1 in €4 of the typical cost of hiring someone who has been on the Live Register for 12 months or more. I would urge employers as well as jobseekers to see what their local Intreo office has to offer them,” said Minister Burton.

 

Sean O’Mahony’s flag day this weekend

Local GAA club the Sean O’Mahony’s will be holding their annual flag day this coming weekend – Friday January 3rd and Saturday January 4th.

This is one of the Point Road club’s biggest fundraisers of the year and all are asked to give generously to the various collectors who will be located around the town.

Glyde River to open for salmon fishing in New Year

The Glyde River from Annagassan

The Glyde River from Annagassan

Wild salmon fishing will be permitted on the Glyde River next year following an assessment of the current state of stocks in the country’s rivers by local TD and Minister of State for Natural Resources Fergus O’Dowd.

The Glyde has previously been subject to catch and release restrictionsbut is now deemed healthy enough for a change to “open status”.

Five other rivers around the country have also been reopened, meaning salmon fishing can now take place on 87 rivers nationwide. In total 143 rivers were assessed.

Minister O’Dowd said “I am pleased to note that 87 rivers will open for angling activity in 2014. Fifty seven rivers will be fully open while a further 30 will be open for angling on a “catch & release” basis. This will provide opportunities for commercial fishermen and anglers to share this important resource on a sustainable basis.”

“In 2012 I lowered the cost of fishing licences and I have decided to maintain that price cut for 2014. I am anxious that lower costs will encourage sales of annual licences and incentivise angling tourists to avail of the Ireland’s first-class angling product,” he added.

The change to the status at the River Glyde comes into effect on New Year’s Day.

1,400 homes without power in Dundalk overnight as weather wreaks havoc

The scene at the Deerpark Road in Ravensdale after a tree fell overnight

The scene at the Deerpark Road in Ravensdale after a tree fell overnight. Picture: Niall Carroll

Around 1,400 homes in the Dundalk area were left without power for parts of last night and this morning due to the strong winds that have battered the country since yesterday afternoon.

Amongst the areas left without power included Dowdallshill, Mountpleasant, Jenkinstown and the Ramparts. The ESB reported 1,407 homes in total in the area without power at one stage or another throughout the night.

The weather resulted in trees falling on a number of roads in the county, including at Major Hollow’s Roundabout in Mountpleasant, the school road in Haggardstown, Deerpark in Ravensdale, Mount Avenue, Greenore and on the Ardee Road at Rath.

Parts of Blackrock were also affected while fallen signage caused blockages in both Knockbridge and Louth Village, with the sign for homes for sale in the Loughantarve estate in Knockbridge effectively destroyed