Waste recovery facility given the go-ahead at Dundalk Port

A waste recovery facility could be on its way to Dundalk Port.

Edwin deRoever, best known in the area for his association with Dundalk Schoolboys’ League, was this morning granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council for the facility at Lockington’s Yard, off Quay Street.

He has been given the go ahead to change part of an existing storage building there to a waste recovery facility.

The application for the development was originally submitted last January, with further information supplied in August.

Quayside Park Management Ltd, who have a registered address at Park House in Park Street, were the only objectors to the planning application for the facility, which would be located to the rear of a number of residential houses.

A waste recovery facility aims to keep as much waste as possible out of landfills by separating and preparing recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.

St Gerard’s Novena gets underway next week

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It’s October and that can only mean one thing in Dundalk – time for St Gerard’s Novena.

The annual solemn novena to St Gerard Majella gets underway in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church next Wednesday October 8th and runs until Thursday October 16th.

There will be masses from 7am to 10.30pm daily, with a number of special events planned including a healing Mass on Saturday October 11th and the annual Blessing of the Babies on Sunday October 12th.

This year Michele Ryan of Dundalk Simon Community will also address the congregation on Monday October 13th on ‘Serving the homeless.’

eBay to spin off PayPal next year

Ebay_LogoeBay has said it will spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments unit, into a publicly traded company in the second half of 2015.

eBay Chief Executive John Donahoe had resisted demands by activist investor Carl Icahn to hive off the service, saying PayPal was integral to eBay’s business – and vice versa. Icahn backed off from his demand in April.

“A thorough strategic review with our board shows that keeping eBay and PayPal together beyond 2015 clearly becomes less advantageous to each business strategically and competitively,” Mr Donahoe said in a statement today.

After the tax-free spinoff to shareholders, the new eBay will be headed by Devin Wenig, president of eBay Marketplaces and former head of the Markets division of Thomson Reuters Corp.

American Express executive Dan Schulman joins PayPal immediately as president and CEO of PayPal after the spinoff, the company said.

Mr Donahoe and Chief Financial Officer Bob Swan will oversee the separation and serve on the boards of both companies.

PayPal was founded in the late 1990s and went public in 2002. It was acquired by eBay soon afterward for $1.5 billion.

PayPal had 143m active users at the end of 2013, up 16% from a year earlier. The company recently announced plans to create 400 jobs at its European operations centre in Dundalk by 2018, a move which would bring its total workforce in Ireland to 2,900.

Eamon Carroll funeral to take place on Friday

Eamon Carroll RIP

Eamon Carroll RIP

The Funeral Mass of Eamon Carroll will take place this Friday morning.

The 33-year-old was killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning after being struck by a Garda patrol car on the main Dundalk-Carlingford Road.

He had won his sixth Louth SFC medal with his club St Patrick’s GFC on Sunday evening.

Eamon will be reposing at his home at Bellurgan Point from 11am on Thursday. Removal will take place at 10.30am on Friday to St Mary’s Church in Ravensdale for Mass at 11am.

Burial afterwards will take place in Calvary Cemetery.

Eamon is survived by parents Joe and Geraldine (nee Murphy), brother Francis, sisters Grace, Sinead and Fiona, brothers-in-law Ciaran, Damian and Mark, sister-in-law Anne Marie, as well as a wide circle of relatives and friends.

A book of condolence remains open at St Patrick’s GFC’s clubrooms in Lordship.

Dundalk v Rovers to be shown on TV

DundalkCrest2010The FAI have confirmed that the Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers clash at Oriel Park, scheduled for Monday October 13th, will now be shown live on RTÉ Two.

To accommodate TV coverage the match – which could prove massive if Stephen Kenny’s side wants to win the league – will now have a 7.05pm kick-off.

Meanwhile, Athlone Town insist that their clash against Dundalk in Lissywoolen on Friday week will not be televised, meaning that kick-off will remain at the scheduled time of 7.45pm.

Eamon had just won his sixth Louth SFC medal prior to his death this morning

Eamon Carroll RIP

Eamon Carroll RIP

The man killed after being knocked down by a patrol car in the early hours of this morning on the main Dundalk-Carlingford Road near Bellurgan has been named as 33-year-old Eamon Carroll.

A former Louth junior footballer, Eamon was part of the St Patrick’s GFC side which clinched their sixth Louth SFC title with a 1-10 to 1-8 victory over the Dreadnots in Sunday’s County Final in Drogheda.

Carroll scored a point in the final and it was also his sixth senior medal having being part of the victorious Pat’s side in 2012, 2011, 2007, 2004 and 2003.

Known to his friends as ‘Finch’, Eamon was also a keen golfer and was hugely popular in the Bellurgan area.

Having attended Coláiste Rís, he was educated at DCU and had worked for EBS in Dublin, where he lived for spells. Just last week he had been appointed as a QFA.

It is understood that Eamon had just left friends when he was struck by the Garda patrol car around 1.20am on an area of road between the Bellurgan Filling Station and Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant in Rockmarshall.

The Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission is investigating the incident while the road remains closed this morning with diversions in place. GSOC are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 1890 600 800.

This is the second major tragedy in the area in the space of just over a year following the shooting of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe at Lordship Credit Union in January 2013.

Eamon is the son of Geraldine and Joe Carroll from Bellurgan Point. Joe is the former editor of The Dundalk Democrat and still contributes a sports column to the paper while is older brother Francis is the former sports editor in The Argus.

Sympathy is extended to his family and friends. Meanwhile, St Patrick’s GFC have opened up a book of condolence at their complex in Lordship.

Louth County Council vote to cut Property Tax rate by 1.5%

Cllr John McGahon hit out at Sinn Féin for a 'reckless political move' in trying to cut the rate by the maximum amount of 15%

Cllr John McGahon hit out at Sinn Féin for a ‘reckless political move’ in trying to cut the rate by the maximum amount of 15%

Louth County Council yesterday evening voted to reduce the rate of Local Property Tax by 1.5%.

The cut in the tax is the equivalent of taking between €140,000 and €150,000 out of the council budget.

It came about after a two hour meeting in which a number of proposals were defeated. Sinn Féin had sought to cut the property tax rate by the maximum 15%, with proposals for cuts of 7.5% and 2% also being put forward by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael respectively. There was also a motion for no reduction from the Green Party.

All of these were defeated before the 1.5% amendment was passed on the casting vote of chairman Cllr Oliver Tully after 13 votes for and 13 against.

Councillors had been debating a potential cut for some time, including taking part in a workshop on the matter last week.

They had been warned by council officials that any cut in the property tax rate would have to be made up elsewhere.

After the meeting, Fine Gael councillor for Dundalk-Carlingford John McGahon said while he would like to have seen a bigger cut it was not possible.

Indeed, he accused Sinn Féin of a “reckless political move” in trying to force through a full 15% cut in the property tax.

He said: “I had hoped to see a more significant cut in the region of 2-5%. Fine Gael tabled a motion to reduce the property tax by 2%, however this was defeated.

“I took this vote very seriously and I was disappointed to see other councillors did not do the same. Sinn Féin proposed a full reduction of 15%, to my mind this was a financially reckless proposal which would have taken €1.4 million out of the council budget.

“I find it very disheartening that people were prepared to push the council off a financial cliff. It’s simple maths, if you are going to take €1.4 million out of a budget, you have to find the savings to make up the shortfall. Sinn Fein’s reckless approach involved voting for 15% and not considering the financial consequences.

“It is important to note that, out of ten Sinn Fein Councilors, not one of them turned up to the budget workshop meeting where a detailed analysis of the accounts was carried out, line by line, and councillors sought to see where a reduction could be made.

“This budget goes towards providing basic services like street lighting, maintenance of public parks, maintenance of roads, library services, Tidy Towns.

“Had 15% gone through, all of these services would have been drastically slashed and the people of Louth would have suffered. 1.5% may not seem substantial, but its €150,000 euro. It will be a base from which we can work towards reducing the property tax more over the next five years. But let me make myself clear, a 15% cut would have sent the council into financial chaos, I am proud that I voted to stop that happening,” he said.

Man killed following fatal collision on Dundalk-Carlingford Road

A man in his 30s has died following fatal collision on the main Dundalk-Carlingford Road in the early hours of this morning.

It is believed that the pedestrian was knocked down by a Garda patrol car shortly after returning from Dundalk.

The incident happened around 1.20am on an area of road between the Bellurgan Filling Station and Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant in Rockmarshall.

The man is understood to be local and is extremely well known in the area, although his name is not being released until all family members are informed.

The Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission is investigating the incident while the road remains closed this morning with diversions in place.

This is the second major tragedy in the area in the space of just over a year following the shooting of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe at Lordship Credit Union in January 2013.

More details later.

Cyclepath planned from Dundalk to Scotland

Part of the walkway/cyclepath linking Carlingford and Omeath which would form part of the planned route from Dundalk Bay to the ferry in Larne

Part of the walkway/cyclepath linking Carlingford and Omeath which would form part of the planned route from Dundalk Bay to the ferry in Larne

A network of cycle paths, which would take in Dundalk, could be developed from the east coast of Ireland to Scotland.

Louth County Council is working with Newry and Mourne District Council and the Lough’s Agency to develop a cycle route from Dundalk Bay along the existing Newry Canal Towpath and on to Lough Neagh.

Depending on the allocation of funding, the cycle route could be extended south from Dundalk to Dublin, while the cycleway in the North will continue to the ferry at Larne. From there, it would like up with Scottish cycleways.

Catherine Duff, senior engineer at Louth County Council, told the Sunday Business Post that part of the project was already complete in Louth, with a six-kilometre cycle path recently constructed on the old railway line between Omeath and Carlingford.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland has long sections of cycleway already in place with the completion of the project a matter of “filling in the gaps” according to those overseeing it.

Local authorities on both sides of the border will apply for funding from the EU’s Interreg programme in the next series of funding rounds early next year.

Number of events lined up for Dundalk Positive Mental Health Week

An art exhibition will be held in the County Museum in Dundalk throughout Dundalk Positive Mental Health Week

An art exhibition will be held in the County Museum in Dundalk throughout Dundalk Positive Mental Health Week

The second annual Dundalk Positive Mental Health Week gets underway next Monday with an exciting schedule planned.

The week gets underway on Monday October 6th with a radio programme hosted by SHINE Regional Development Officer, Derek Pepper on Dundalk FM from 10am-12pm.

The next day there will be the launch of an art exhibiton by the GAA’s Mental Health Advocate, Conor Cusack in the Activities Room of The County Museum in Dundalk at 12 noon.

Later that day in the museum from 2-4pm will be a public conference in the AV Room entitled: ‘Journey to Recovery: Living with a Mental Health Issue. Speakers will include: Senator Mary Moran, GAA Mental Health advocate, Conor Cusack, Mr Garreth Phelan and Dr Lisa Butterly.

Throughout the week the art exhibition will run in the museum and all are welcome to attend for free.

A stand will also be in the Marshes Shopping Centre throughout the week.

‘The Dundalk Positive Mental Health Steering Committee have built on the success of last year’s art exhibition and mental health week programme and encouraged people to embrace the event.

In a statement they said: “Each and every one of us will be touched by a mental health issue at some stage in our lives. It is important we bring awareness to this matter and promote positive mental health as a priority.

“We have come a long way in reducing the stigma associated with mental health and we hope that this positive mental health week will assist in this campaign. We look forward to a fantastic turnout throughout the week.”