Louth has the worst record for paying the household charge

HouseholdCharge1_0Louth has been named as the county with the worst record of paying the household charge.

According to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Sunday Business Post, Revenue has imposed more mandatory deductions per person in the Wee County than in any other.

So far, 1,800 people in Louth – 1.46% of the population – have had their wages or occupational pensions deducted by Revenue to recover the household charge.

In total there are currently 45,000 people having their wages or salaries docked to pay the household charge, which has been replaced by the property tax.

The counties with the next highest non-compliance rates are Leitrim, Meath and Cavan.

Local haulage company directors have huge judgements made against them

The directors of a local haulage company have had judgements made against them for a combined total of almost €3.5 million.

The case against the directors of Arthur Mullen Truck Importers Limited was taken by Danske Bank, with the judgement made in the High Court on January 5th.

Adrian Mullen from Plaster, Mountpleasant, Dundalk, Co Louth and Arthur Mullen Jnr, from Ballymakellett, Ravensdale, each had judgements against them totaling €1,742,745.

Details of the judgement were published in The Stubbs Gazette.

Dundalk in mourning at tragic passing of Ciaran Casey

Ciaran Casey RIP

Ciaran Casey RIP

The death has taken place in tragic circumstances of local man Ciaran Casey.

The 37-year-old married father of one was well known in local football circles and for his work as a bus driver for Bus Éireann.

A native of Muirhevnamor, Ciaran played football with Bellurgan Utd and was regularly lining out at centre-half with the peninsula-based side this season.

Indeed, he featured last Sunday in their 2-1 Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup victory over local rivals Rock Celtic.

In the days afterwards he felt unwell and was taken to hospital. Sadly he passed away there shortly before midday this morning.

Bellurgan Utd matches at all levels have been postponed this weekend as a mark of respect, while a minute’s silence in Ciaran’s honour will be observed at all other local games.

Ciaran is survived by a wide circle of family and friends and sympathy is extended to all who knew him. May he Rest In Peace.

Funeral arrangements will be made later.

Louth’s TDs and senators earn more than €3.4 million in just over three years

Gerry Adams was the constituency's top earner

Gerry Adams was the constituency’s top earner

Louth’s TDs and senators have taken home more than €3.4 million in pay and expenses in less than three-and-a-half years.

That’s according to a new report from RTÉ’s Investigation Unit, which has detailed the pay and expenses each TD and senator has taken home between the last General Election in March 2011 and the end of July 2014 – a period of three years and four months.

In total the country’s 166 TDs took home €78 million in that period, an average of around €470,000 each with the bill for Louth’s TDs coming in at more than €2.4m.

There were more than 75 different politicians who were paid in excess of €500,000 each in salary, expenses and other payments in just over three years in office though with three of the five TDs in Louth receiving such a sum.

The highest earner was Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams, who received €517,976.64. Next was Fine Gael’s Peter Fitzpatrick, who received €511,838.15, followed by Labour’s Ged Nash on €503,741.51.

Also above the national average was Fianna Fáil’s Seamus Kirk on €486,298.57, while bottom of the pile locally was Fine Gael’s Fergus O’Dowd on €389,961.56.

The three local senators in the area also received €971,927.45 in payments during the same period.

Labour’s Mary Moran was the top earner on €327,540.13, followed by the Fine Gael pairing of Terry Brennan (€323,643.67) and Jim D’Arcy (€320,743.65).

A full breakdown of their payments year by year can be found here.

No eBay jobs expected to be lost in Dundalk

Ebay_LogoProposed job losses in eBay are not expected to affect its Dundalk operation, according to reports.

The online auction site announced plans earlier this week to cut 2,400 jobs worldwide ahead of a split with its sister company, PayPal, later this year.

eBay currently employs 600 people in Ireland between its facility at the Xerox Technology Plant in Dundalk and a centre in Blanchardstown in west Dublin.

It had been feared that Dundalk would be targeted for job cuts due to the fact that no redundancies would have to be paid, with the company only opening locally in April 2013.

However, it is now understood that no customer service positions will be affected – something which makes up the bulk of the jobs in Dundalk. Indeed, the local operation is still hiring on an ongoing basis.

Anchor Tours providing shuttle service for tonight’s candlelight vigil in memory of Garda Adrian Donohoe


Anchor Tours will be providing a shuttle service from the St Patrick’s GFC complex in Lordship for anyone wishing to attend tonight’s candlelit vigil in memory of Garda Adrian Donohoe.

The vigil from Lordship Credit Union is to mark the second anniversary of his murder.

The detective was gunned down during an armed robbery at the credit union on Friday January 25th2013, with his killers yet to be brought to justice.

He was a popular member of the community and an important part of the local GAA club, St Patrick’s GFC.

The vigil will take place at 9.15pm with refreshments afterwards in the St Pat’s complex in Lordship.

The free shuttle service from Anchor Tours will run from 8.30-8.45pm and anyone attending is asked to please make sure they wear high visibility clothing.

Anyone travelling along the route from Bellurgan to Lordship around 9pm is asked to be wary of pedestrians along the road.

Arts Council grants funding to local groups

artscouncil200The Louth Contemporary Music Society and Create Louth, the County Council’s arts service, were amongst the local organisations to receive funding form the Arts Council recently.

Almost €290,000 is to be invested in arts in the Wee County this year.

The Louth Contemporary Music Society will receive €40,000 in funding while the Louth County Council arts service will receive €32,000.

In Drogheda, the Droichead Arts Centre will receive €145,000, the Upstate Theatre Project €57,500 and the Highlanes Gallery €45,000.

Dundalk Rugby Club to host Strictly Come Dancing event

Club-CrestDundalk Rugby Club are planning a fundraising Strictly Come Dancing event at the end of May.

The event will be a follow on from the club’s successful white collar boxing fundraiser last year.

With that in mind, the Mill Road outfit are seeking dancers to volunteer for the event, with training to commence in mid-March.

Anyone interested can contact Kieron on 086 3277949.

Meanwhile the club are running buses to their All-Ireland Junior Cup final clash against Bangor RFC on Saturday January 31st.

The game, which kicks-off at 2.30pm, is taking place in Chamber’s Park in Portadown. Anyone who wishes to book a seat can contact 087 2795429. It is €10 for adults and €6 for children.

Finally, The Trampz will be performing at the Club on the Hill on Saturday February 28th at 8pm.


Dundalk boxer Broadhurst hoping for national title glory tonight

Stephen Broadhurst has enjoyed huge success at youth level but will be hoping to add a senior medal to his haul in what is his first attempt tonight

Stephen Broadhurst has enjoyed huge success at youth level but will be hoping to add a senior medal to his haul in what is his first attempt tonight

Local boxer Stephen Broadhurst could be a national champion by tonight as he takes on defending champion Michael O’Reilly in the National Stadium in Dublin for the 75kg senior national elite title.

The fight, which will be shown live on TG4 from 7.30pm, is part of the IABA Elite Senior Championship finals, with 20-year-old Stephen having booked his passage there with a victory over Belfast’s Caoimhín Hayes.

That meant that the Dealgan boxer reached a senior national final in his first attempt.

Coached by his father Tony, Stephen won 10 national titles at youth level and will be hoping to add to that figure by landing a senior title tonight against Portlaoise man O’Reilly.

Trad night in Dundalk next month in aid of Gaza

Trad night 4 Gaza
The Bodhran Bar on Bridge Street will host a Trad night to raise much needed funds for Gaza on Saturday 7th February at 8pm.
Donations are accepted on the door on the night and all musicians are welcome. It promises to be a great night’s craic so don’t miss out on helping a great cause.