23 new homes given the go ahead for Lismullen Grove

Some of the existing homes at Lismullen Grove

Some of the existing homes at Lismullen Grove

Planning permission has been granted for 23 new homes at Lismullen Grove on the Armagh Road.

In June O’Hare and McGovern Ltd applied for permission to build the two storeyed residential dwellings on a brownfield site with a substantial road base and seven floor slabs in place with the council granting conditional permission for construction to proceed last week.

Hill Street billboard has to be removed

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The billboard at Line Terrace on Hill Street


Clear Channel Ireland Ltd have been refused planning permission by Louth County Council to retain the advertising billboard that has been erected for a number of years at Hill Street on the Dublin Road.

The company had applied for permission to keep the 3.05m x 6.1m illuminated Prismatic billboard that is located on the gable wall of 16 Line Terrace.

However, last week the council refused the application.

Explaining their reasoning, the council said the billboard was “located in an area zoned for residential use where it is the objective of the Council to ‘protect, provide and improve residential amenities.’

“The proposed development comprises the retention of a commercial advertising display board adjacent to the gable of an end terrace dwelling unit, overlooking amenity open space associated with same.

“It is considered that the nature of the commercial use in an area zoned for residential purposes would be contrary to the zooming matrix and Table 2.4 of the 2009-2015 Dundalk and Environs Development Plan and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

Senator Moran urges council to apply for its share of social housing fund

Senator Mary Moran

Senator Mary Moran

Local Labour Party Senator Mary Moran has called on Louth County Council to ensure it applies “without delay” for its share of the €3.8billion social housing fund announced this week.

Minister Alan Kelly announced plans for 35,000 homes to be built across the country by 2020 and Senator Moran feels Dundalk and Co Louth as a whole would benefit from additional social housing being made available.

She said: “We have a real social housing need in Dundalk, and this week’s announcement by Minister Alan Kelly to deliver 35,000 homes across the country over the next six years is greatly welcome. Indeed this is the biggest investment in social housing in the history of the State.

“Now I am urging Louth County Council to submit applications to this fund, to address the social housing problem. New rules put in place by Minister Kelly mean that the County Council will take a strong leading role in social housing provision in Dundalk, where previously it was mainly the job of private operators.

“I also welcome confirmation from Minister Kelly that the State will also support up to 75,000 new houses through enhanced private rental sector supports.

“I regularly meet with local people in need of suitable accommodation, particularly people with a disability.  I lobbied Minister Kelly hard to ensure there was a significant social housing provision in the recent Budget, and the news of a massive investment plan shows we have delivered on that work. I will continue to work with Louth County Council and my Government colleagues to appropriately address the social housing need that exists for families as well as people with disability.

“The local authority here in Louth must ensure it gets its application in order and send it to Minister Kelly without delay, to ensure the work of providing homes for families in Dundalk begins.”

Sharkey calls for additional traffic calming measures in Knockbridge

The Loughantarve estate in Knockbridge

The Loughantarve estate in Knockbridge

Sinn Féin County Councilllor Tomás Sharkey has called for additional traffic calming measures to be introduced in Knockbridge.

While speed two speed ramps were installed in the village a little over a year ago, Cllr Sharkey said he feels it was still dangerous for residents of the Loughantarve estate to cross the road to local amenities such as McNamee’s Bar, Brodigan’s shop or St Mary’s National School and the local church.

He believes this matter needs to be addressed to ensure safe crossing for people of all ages.

He said: “Loughantarve is a new estate with hundreds of residents and many young families. The children attend the local school but there are insufficient traffic calming measures to assist them cross the busy regional road to get to school in the morning and return home in the afternoon.

“I have raised the matter regularly with council staff but have decided to table a formal motion for this month’s Municipal District Committee meeting.

“I am pleased that officials have formally committed to investigate the matter and submit a report for the Municipal District. However, I have no intention of allowing this report gather dust. It will have to result in definite safety improvements for the community,” he said.

Cox’s Demesne Regeneration Scheme up for top energy award today

Cox's Demesne

Cox’s Demesne

The Cox’s Demesne Regeneration Scheme will battle it out today for one of Europe’s top energy awards.

The scheme is nominated for an ‘Ace Award’ for its work in improving the energy efficiency of homes.

The awards are taking place in Arnhem in the Netherlands.

Dundalk Town Council carried out energy-efficiency upgrades on more than 600 homes in the estate, which included energy-efficient insulation, boiler installations, draught-proofing and the installation of heating controls.

Many of the homes in the estate have seen their BERs increase from an E2 rating to a C1 rating as a result of the scheme.

All of the work was carried out free-of-charge by the local authority and private residents from the area thanks to a unique Public Private Partnership between the local authority, the SEAI and Electric Ireland.

Project manager Stephen Cull is attending the ceremony on behalf of the council.

Dundalk dancers to appear on tonight’s Late Late toy show

Rachel Lee and Eva-Nicole Loy, who are set to perform on tonight's Late Late toy show

Rachel Lee and Eva-Nicole Loy, who are set to perform on tonight’s Late Late toy show

Two young dancers from Dundalk will be appearing on tonight’s Late Late toy show on RTÉ One

Six year-olds Rachel Lee and Eva-Nicole Loy, who are members of Dervla and Nicola McGee’s McGee School of Dance, will be performing on the show, which is expected to be viewed by over a million people.

The girls will be dancing as a duo in front of traditional Irish band Draíocht having impressed in the auditions.

Rachel and Eva started dancing when they were four and they also recently appeared on TG4 dancing show, An Jig Gig.

Rachel and Eva are set to join a handful of other lucky locals who have appeared on the Toy Show over the years.

Two years ago Alex Meehan from Blackrock made a big impression on the Toy Show when he spoke to host Ryan Tubridy in Irish.

You can relive that moment below…

Pay parking rates in Dundalk halved for month of December

Frank Pentony

Frank Pentony

Louth County Council has cut pay parking rates in half in Dundalk this Christmas season.

The reductions are a further commitment by the local authority to encourage seasonal shoppers, where possible, to shop local and support local business.

Pay parking rates in Dundalk have been halved from €1 to 50c per hour on all streets and in Louth County Council car parks, with the exception of Long Term Car Parks.  These long term car parks, which are located at Linenhall Street, Long Walk and Ramparts Road, remain good value at €2 for up to eight hours parking.

The reduced rates come into effect this Monday, December 1 and will apply until Wednesday, December 31, as indicated on the pay parking machines. Parking will also be half price in the Marshes Shopping Centre.

In confirming the reduced rates, Frank Pentony, Director of Services, Louth County Council, said:

“Louth County Council supports the many calls for people to shop local this Christmas. In doing so, shoppers are keeping money in the local economy and strengthening the retail industry, one of the main employers in this county.

“By halving the pay parking rates, Louth County Council is continuing to play its part in supporting both the retail community and shoppers this Christmas season.

“This commitment has also been demonstrated by the Council’s continued sponsorship of events such as the Dundalk Festival of Light & Culture and Dundalk on Ice.

“On behalf of the Council, I encourage Christmas shoppers to stay in and come to Dundalk and support our retail trade this Christmas. Through sponsorship and reduced pay parking, the Council is doing what it can and we now hope that everyone else plays their part.”

Grimes returns to Dundalk

Shane Grimes signs for Dundalk with club chairman Ciaran Bond overseeing the deal

Shane Grimes signs for Dundalk with club chairman Ciaran Bond overseeing the deal

Dundalk FC last night announced the capture of local defender Shane Grimes.

The Muirhevnamor man, who captained neighbours Drogheda Utd last season, started his career at Oriel Park under Jim Gannon back in 2005. He remained at the club until 2008 when he was part of the side that won promotion to the Premier Division under John Gill.

The left back then moved to Monaghan Utd the following season where he excelled under Mick Cooke and was a key member of the squad which got promoted in 2011 with Roddy Collins as manager.

He then moved to Drogheda Utd in 2012, where he won an EA Sports Cup medal and also played in three cup finals in 2013.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com after completing the move, Grimes couldn’t hide his delight at re-signing for the club and is looking forward to the new campaign.

“I am absolutely over the moon. I really am. They’re my hometown club and I am really delighted to sign. I didn’t want to leave the first time and I’m just glad to be back. There’s no better feeling than pulling on your hometown jersey and I can’t wait to do that again. Playing for the club has been a dream and I can’t wait to get started back already.

“Stephen (Kenny) tried to sign me in the summer but it didn’t happen because of the situation and that. I was delighted when he rang again and was more than happy to come back. I am looking forward to the new season. I just want to win everything in front of me. The lads are all the same though. They’ll be wanting to win all the tournaments we enter and I am glad to be a part of that. It’s a new challenge for me and it’s great to be back.”

Reload opening in the Marshes this morning


A new fashion store will open in the Marshes Shopping Centre this morning.

Reload will cater for both ladies and gents and will hold its grand opening at 11am this morning.

There will be 25% off stock all weekend, with free goodie bags for the first 50 customers.

The store will stock ladies ranges including Only, Vila and Vero Moda, while for men the brands will include Only & Sons and Selected Homme.

Be sure to check it out over the course of the weekend if you’re in the Marshes.