Ath Lethan apartment blocks on the market

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Three blocks of apartments in the Ath Lethan estate on the Racecourse Road have gone on the market for an undisclosed sum with local estate agents Sherry FitzGerald Carroll.

There are 12 penthouse apartments in the blocks, with an average unit size of 88sqm (950sq ft).

The apartments are being sold as an investment with current tenants unaffected. The 12 units are 100% occupied at present with current rental income of €102,600 per annum, with the estate agents advising that there is “significant rental growth opportunities to approximately €115,000 per annum subject to negotiations.”

The apartments are currently managed by Oriel Property Management Services.

While the asking price has not been disclosed, Sherry FitzGerald Carroll give a guide that “offers in excess of €1.2 million (exclusive of VAT) equates to a net initial yield of 8.1%.”

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Breathnach hits out at Government over rise in urban and rural crime

Cllr Declan Breathnach

Cllr Declan Breathnach

Fianna Fáil General Election candidate Declan Breathnach has hit out at the Government for the rise in urban and rural crime in the last few years.

He says their cynical attempts to blame everyone else for the rising problems, as well as increased isolation in rural communities, will not wash with voters when the country goes to the polls either before or after Christmas.

In the build-up to the impending election, Cllr Breathnach has called on the Government to adequately resource Gardaí to ensure they are best placed to tackle growing crime rates.

He said: “In 2010 there were 314 Gardaí based in stations across Louth but by February this year that number was down 35 to 279. Fine Gael and Labour have allowed the strength of the Garda force to drop below 12,800 nationally and closed almost 140 local Garda stations across the country.  In fact this Government’s commitment to rural communities has been abysmal.

“Communities in Louth are feeling increasingly isolated by the withdrawal of Government services.  Ensuring the public are protected from criminals is a basic obligation of the Government and Fine Gael and Labour are failing in their duty.

“I welcome the fact that the number of Gardaí is starting to increase but I believe the strength of the Garda force was allowed to fall to a dangerously low level, dropping below 12,800 as of June this year.  There are a further 1,498 officers eligible to retire this year.  Fianna Fáil has committed to restoring the manpower of An Garda Síochána to 14,000.  We need an appropriate and safe domestic policing and security strategy in place for all our communities in Louth and restoring Garda numbers to this critical level is key to that.

“In recent weeks the government has finally woken up to the crime wave in rural communities and is bringing forward legislation in response to the rise in burglaries.  Fine Gael has also cynically sought to blame everyone else for the rise in crime and fall in morale amongst Gardaí.  Our rural communities feel more vulnerable and more isolated because of the policies pursued by this government.  Fine Gael and Labour cannot hide from that reality and their attempts to blame everyone else won’t wash with voters in Louth,” said the Knockbridge man.

Cuchulainn Gaels to host ladies fashion show this Saturday

2015 Fashion Show

Cuchulainn Gaels GFC in Omeath will host a ladies fashion show this Saturday in The Granvue Hotel.

Tickets, priced €12, are now available from any team member or online here.

The event gets underway at 7.30pm and will feature clothes from boutiques in Carlingford, Newry and Dundalk.

Living Well with Arthritis Programme starts tonight

4252324278_eec300dd17The Living Well with Arthritis Programme starts in the Louth Leader Partnership offices at Partnership Court in Dundalk this evening at 6pm.

The programme is comprised of six weekly sessions of two-and-a-half hours.

During the six week programme you will learn how to:

  • manage pain
  • reduce fatigue
  • introduce exercise & relaxation into daily life
  • increase self-confidence to manage arthritis
  • improve sense of well-being
  • meet & share experiences with people who have arthritis and coping with many of the same issues

The programme fee is €30 for non-medical card holders and €22 for medical card holders.

To book a place click here or call Svetlana on 01 6470206.

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy pleads not guilty to tax offences

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy

Local republican Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy pleaded not guilty to tax offences at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

Mr Murphy (66), of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, denied nine offences and replied “not guilty” when the indictment was put to him by the court registrar.

Wearing a pink shirt, green zipper jacket and brown trousers, Mr Murphy was accompanied by members of his family for the 30 minute hearing.

Mr Murphy is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

The nine charges allege that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains or the source of his income, profits or gains to the Collector General or the Inspector of Taxes for the years 1996/97 to 2004.

He was returned for trial to the Special Criminal Court in 2008 from Dundalk District Court and he challenged the return at the High Court in November 2008.

The High Court found that Mr Murphy’s rights had been breached but ruled that the trial should go ahead.

Mr Murphy’s counsel Mr John Kearney QC applied to the court to adjourn the trial until Thursday. He said that there had been “rolling disclosure” in the case and that neither he nor his junior had had access to thousands of pages of disclosure.

Counsel said that the short adjournment would allow the defence and prosecution to consider issues of admissibility in the trial and this could lead to “a considerable tranche of evidence” not troubling the court.

Prosecuting counsel Mr Paul Burns SC said that there had been a lot of disclosure in recent days and he agreed that the trial should be adjourned until Thursday.

He told the court that he was hopeful that the trial could be completed within the three weeks allocated for it in the list.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge O’Hagan and Judge Ryan, said the court would adjourn the trial until Thursday.

Source: The Irish Times

Diesel and H&M recruiting for new Dundalk stores

dieselPopular clothing brand Diesel are set to open in the Marshes Shopping Centre in the coming weeks.

The announcement comes after Talk of the Town revealed yesterday that footwear brand Skechers were also set to open in the centre in November.

The store is currently hiring for the following positions:

Meanwhile, as revealed by Talk of the Town more than 18 months ago, H&M are also set to open in the Marshes shortly. They are currently hiring as well for department managers.

H&M will be located in the former Dorothy Perkins/Burton unit, which has been under construction for some weeks.

Adrian Donohoe Memorial Cup this Saturday


Louth County Champions St Patrick’s GFC will host the annual Adrian Donohoe Memorial Cup this Saturday at their ground in Lordship.

The action will get underway from 2pm with the Pat’s, Louth Gardaí, St Senan’s of Kilkee and Crosserlough of Cavan taking part.

The Shield Final will take place at 4pm, the Memorial Cup final at 5pm, followed by a meal and presentation afterwards at 7pm.

There will also be music from Henry Mac, with donations on the day to the Maria Goretti Foundation and the Louth/Meath Down Syndrome Branch.

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, a member of the Pat’s club, was shot during the course of duty in Bellurgan in January 2013.

45 acre farm sells in Hackballscross

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A 45ac farm at Mount Matthews, Carracloghan, Hackballscross has been sold recently.

It is believed to have sold for a figure in the region of its guide of €10,000/ac.

Auctioneer Raymond Fee of Fee and Associates had set a mid-summer date as the closing time for receipt of offers and negotiations for the property concluded in the last two weeks with a local farmer winning the day.

The farm, located off the main Dundalk to Castleblayney road, is laid out all in one block and comes with 5ac of commonage.

The land has no road frontage of its own but is accessed from a laneway via two separate entrances.

Set in five sizeable divisions the holding is in permanent pasture and comes with a farmyard that includes a haybarn, cattle handling facilities and a derelict dwelling.

According to Raymond Fee the farm comprises some of the best quality land in Co Louth.

“The price achieved represented very good money given that the land does not benefit from any road frontage,” he said on closing the sale.

Both the vendor and purchaser were described as more than happy with the outcome.

The volume of enquiries received prior to the sale would indicate a very good demand for farmland in the general area, according to Mr Fee.

Louth Folk Tales reading in Dundalk Library this afternoon

Louth Folk Tales

A reading of ‘Louth Folk Tales’ by author Doreen McBride will take place in Dundalk Library in Roden Place at 3pm today.

Recently published by History Press, this is a chance to meet international storyteller Doreen and hear some of the tales from the region.

Doreen McBride will recount local tales, ancient and modern, of County Louth – you will hear of the doomed love of Lassara and her harpist who haunt the waters of Carlingford Lough, of the origin of the River Boyne and of the jumping church at Kildemock. You will also discover St Brigid’s association with Faughart, how the Hound of Ulster recovered from war wounds on The Death Mound of Du Largy, and where you might find leprechaun gold. And on the way you will encounter a killer cat, a fairy horse and the Salmon of Knowledge – as well as some talkative toes.

All are welcome to attend.

Heinz writes off almost €19m on sale of Dundalk factory

The former Heinz factory in Dundalk

The former Heinz factory in Dundalk

Heinz wrote off £13.8m (€18.6m) on the sale of its manufacturing plant in Dundalk this year to the Manchester-based Authentic Food Company, newly-filed accounts for the Heinz operation in Ireland show.

While details of the price The Authentic Food Company (TAFC) paid for the factory aren’t disclosed in the latest set of accounts, they confirm that Heinz shouldered significant impairment losses associated with the sale.

Heinz signed a three-year deal with TAFC to continue production of Heinz products at the Dundalk facility.

The plant makes products including Weight Watcher meals, its Ross line, and other frozen ready meals.

The accounts also show that HJ Heinz Manufacturing Ireland made an £11.6m (€15.7m) loss last year once the impairment charge was included in the figures.

About 160 people were employed at the Dundalk factory when the sale was finalised last February.

Source: Irish Independent