Creche at Mullaharlin to reopen next month

Local creche Ages and Stages closed its doors in August of last year but the facility will be reopened by Women's Aid next month

Local creche Ages and Stages closed its doors in August of last year but the facility will be reopened by Women’s Aid next month

The creche at Mullaharlin, which closed last year, will reopen on Monday August 17th.

The Playroom Project, in association with Women’s Aid Dundalk, will provide full day care from 8am to 6pm daily and is now enrolling for the year ahead.

Catering for up to 43 children from infants to 12 year of age, it will fill the void left by the closure of the Ages and Stages creche last August. There will be 17 fully qualified and trained staff running the creche.

For further details call 042 9333245 or 042 9327289. Alternatively you can email childsupport@womensaiddlk.net

Development site beside Xerox close to being sold

The land for sale at Xerox, which was marked sale agreed this week

The land for sale at Xerox, which was marked sale agreed this week

A substantial development land site on the outskirts of Dundalk is close to being sold after going sale agreed this week.

REA Gunne Property brought an 8.99 hectare area (22.23 acres) adjoining the Xerox Technology Park to the market in May for an undisclosed sum. The land is currently zoned as ‘Employment Mixed Use’ and could be of interest to anyone who wants to expand the business offering in the area.

Notable businesses operating beside the land include Xerox, PayPal, eBay, Warner Chilcott, Furniture Link and National Pen.

Lease of popular Dundalk restaurant up for sale

punjab

The leasehold interest for one of Dundalk’s most popular restaurants is now available.

The Punjab House restaurant at 61 Park Street has been popular for a number of years and features a reception area, fitted restaurant, kitchen and store together with overhead rest rooms.

The sale of the lease is now available for sale through local estate agents Property Partners Laurence Gunne, who say it “offers an ideal opportunity to acquire a trading and popular restaurant in the heart of the town.”

For further details call 042 9334414.

Meanwhile, the former Mulhern’s shoe shop opposite it at 45 Park Street has also gone on the market for an undisclosed sum with estate agents DNG Duffy.

For further details visit www.dngduffy.ie

Dundalk publican hits out at Government’s decision to increase minimum wage

Greg Gormley (third from left) with staff on the opening night of Russell's in April

Greg Gormley (third from left) with staff on the opening night of Russell’s in April

A local publican has hit out at the government’s decision to increase the minimum wage by 50 cent from September.

Greg Gormley, who runs the Castle Bar in Seatown and Russell’s in Park Street, told The Sunday Business Post yesterday that the timing of the increase was all wrong, pointing out that day time trade in the business was still more or less non-existent.

“There is growth in Dundalk, but it’s no where near the growth in cities like Dublin, Cork and Galway.

“Rural pubs that survived the recession are coming back at a much slower pace. When you pay out more, you have to cut somewhere else and that somewhere else is likely to be staff hours.

“If I pay minimum wage to a part-time staff member of €8.65 for 37 hours a week that works out at €320.05. The proposed 50 cent increase would put the same single wage up to €338.55 a week.

“If I have three part-time staff on the new, higher wage, it would be an increase of €2,886 a year on those wages. Paying three part-time staff that extra wage is the equivalent of paying another member 8.5 extra weeks a year, which would cover busier periods over Easter, Christmas and during the summer. That’s a seasonal job for someone.”

Gormley, who is chairman of the Louth Branch of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, said the likes of commercial rates, utility rates, bin charges and bank charges were also putting more pressure on small businesses that are still struggling.

“If I put a 6% increase on the price of drink in my pubs, my customers would vote with their feet and go elsewhere.

“I’ve had the same staff at the Castle Bar since I opened. If they’ve ever been short of something, I’ve always looked after them.

“Certainly, when business improves we can factor minimum wage increases in but the timing of this is totally wrong. I think staff talking about the increase amongst themselves will say ‘if someone will pay €9.15 an hour, why not just make it €10’, and that will put even more pressure on employers.

“I see it as a disaster,” he said.

Dundalk unveiled as the first town to avail of SIRO’s 1GB broadband

 

siro

SIRO, the joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone to deliver 1GB broadband to homes and businesses, held a presentation in Dundalk on Friday ahead of the roll out of the service here this autumn.

Dundalk will be the first town in the country to receive the new high speed broadband with the announcement made at an event at the County Museum.

The company says that the rollout of the network is currently underway in Dundalk and that services will be available from broadband retailers from autumn this year.

Approximately 800 homes and businesses in the Coes Road area will be the first to be offered the service, with an opportunity to participate in a trial from the end of September via registration on the SIRO website. It is hoped that 18,000 households in Dundalk and Blackrock will have access to 1GB broadband in the next 12 months.

SIRO is building a 100% fibre-optic internet service, with no copper connection at any point in the network, and has the ability to offer speeds up to 1 Gbps. As an example of what this means in practice, the company says that a high definition film of 4 gigabytes, which would take one hour to download with a 10 Mbps connection, would take 30 seconds on this new service.

“This is a first for Ireland. SIRO will mean that anyone starting a business in Dundalk will be able to compete not just at a national level, but at an international level,” said Sean Atkinson, CEO of SIRO.

“It will mean that students will be able send large files instantly, that families can download a movie in a few seconds and that working from home is a real prospect for employees.”

“It will mean a completely new internet for Dundalk. Dundalk has a vibrant local economy and a growing digital future, which we are delighted to be a part of.”

The service will be available in the area from the autumn and you can register your interest here.

Cinema plans for Dundalk Retail Park move a massive step closer

The Omniplex cinema at Dundalk Retail Park moved a massive step closer this week

The Omniplex cinema at Dundalk Retail Park moved a massive step closer this week

EXCLUSIVE

A new seven screen Omniplex cinema at Dundalk Retail Park has moved a massive step closer in recent days.

Planning permission for the development at the former Harvey Norman outlet was given the go ahead in late 2013 but it was held up following an appeal to An Bord Pleanala by IMC Cinema in Carroll Village and the Marshes Shopping Centre, who also have planning in place for a cinema there.

An Bord Pleanala granted the go ahead for the cinema in April 2014, subject to revised conditions, but there had been no update on the matter until this week when Paul and Mark Anderson registered a new company, called Dalkbridge, to open the cinema.

Dalkbridge Limited, which has a registered address in Rathmines, Dublin 6, where the Andersons also have a cinema, was set up last Monday. Now that the company is registered it is expected they will push ahead with plans to convert the three vacant units at Dundalk Retail Park into a cinema.

The proposal for the Retail Park would see a seven screen cinema built at units 2, 3 and 4. The development would include an entrance foyer with ticket kiosk, food and beverage stalls, a coffee shop, service and circulation areas and toilets.

A new main entrance would also be created at unit 2, closing off the entrances to units 3 and 4. There are also proposals for new emergency exits and for the construction of an internal wall between units 4 and 5 to facilitate unit 5 to operate as a standalone retail warehouse unit.

The Andersons were previously partners with the Ward family, who operate the IMC group.

Holly’s Horse Haven seeking sponsors and volunteers for fundraising horse show next month

hollyshorsehavenHolly’s Horse Haven in Omeath are on the lookout for sponsors and volunteers for their fundraising horse show on Sunday August 23rd.

Anyone who would like to help out is asked to contact hollyscharity@hotmail.com

The show will raise money for the ongoing work of rescuing horses as well as their special needs programmes.

RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy was a recent visitor to the facility in Omeath.

New beauty salon to open in Castlebellingham this weekend

timeless beauty

A new beauty salon will open in Castlebellingham this Saturday.

Timeless Beauty by Mary is located on Main Street in the village and there will be a number of specials available on the day including an exposed full body tan, minimi wrap, manicures and pedicutres, Indian head massages, teen mini facials and more.

Be sure to call in on the day to support the new venture.

For further details call 086 8939337.

Appeal lodged against council’s decision to grant Maxol go ahead for Ardee filling station

The old McCabe's garage in Ardee which Maxol will move into

The old McCabe’s garage in Ardee which Maxol will move into

An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against Louth County Council’s decision to grant Maxol planning permission for a new filling station and convenience store on the outskirts of Ardee.

Last month the fuel retailer was granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council to redevelop the former McCabe’s Toyota Garage at the junction of the N2 and R171 Tallanstown Road at The Glebe in Ardee.

However, local businessman John Malone, c/o Stephen Ward Town Planning and Dev Consultants Ltd in Dundalk, has objected to that decision – pointing out there was already a filling station and oil depot close by.

In his appeal, Mr Malone argued the planning history establish “a very clear precedent that a development of this nature and scaled would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

He said there would be an adverse impact to the lifespan and carrying capacity of the national road network, an endangerment of public safety due to increased pedestrian activity. He also argued it could be prejudicial to public health because of capacity constraints on the Ardee Wastewater Treatment Plant.

He also felt it had the potential to significantly undermine the vitality and viability of Ardee Town Centre.

Previously Aldi were unsuccessful in their attempts to open up a supermarket in this area.

Maxol are also set to open a new filling station in Dundalk on the Dublin Road, opposite Dundalk IT.