A member of the Ages and Stages staff speaks to reporter Elaine Keogh during their sit-in protest last night
Staff of the Ages and Stages Early Years Centre in Mullaharlin Park staged a sit-in protest yesterday evening against the closure of the facility.
Supported by parents who gathered outside the facility, the staff claimed that crèche operators Dundalk ICTU Ltd had handled the closure of the crèche badly and that they were protesting for “simple dignity” and for theirstatutory rights to be upheld.
Talk of the Town broke news of the closure two weeks ago.
Staff had been campaigning for their P45s and redundancy but it is understood that an agreement was reached late last night.
Senator Mary Moran
The National Roads Authority should reduce the €10 peak-hours toll faced by commuters using the Dublin Port Tunnel for the duration of the rail strike, according to Labour Senator, Mary Moran.
Up to 100,000 commuters, many of them from Louth, were left facing disruptions earlier this week as a result of the strike by rail workers on Sunday and Monday. Further protests are planned for next month, leaving rail users looking for alternative travel arrangements once again.
Commenting on the matter, Senator Moran said: “The disruption to Inter-City, Commuter and Dart services in particular means that people in Louth and north Dublin suburbs who normally use rail services are now being forced to commute by car and use the Port Tunnel.
“Due to the €10 toll that applies to the tunnel between 6am and 10am, and again between 4pm and 7pm, it means commuters could fork out €40 altogether between the two days – and even more again if the strike resumes in September.
“It is unfair that motorists are being financially penalised for a strike that isn’t of their own making. Therefore I am calling on the NRA to reduce the peak-hours toll to €3 – which is the usual off-peak fee – in what would be a welcome gesture that would ease pressure on strike-hit motorists.
“In the meantime, I hope that all sides involved in this dispute will resolve this matter soon, so that we can draw this difficult episode to a close.”
The surgery at 33 Castletown Road, beside Castletown Glass and opposite the Beehive shop
A doctor’s surgery on the Castletown Road could be set to be demolished to be replaced with a new retail unit with overhead apartments.
Padraig Martin, who has been based at the surgery at 33 Castletown Road along with Dr Michael Kiernan, has been granted planning permission to demolish the property.
In its place he hopes to construct a new two storey structure comprising of a retail unit at ground floor level with a two bedroom apartment on the first floor.
Local wedding store Butterflyz and Angelz closed their premises in Park Street on Saturday ahead of their relocation to the Flurry Bridge Business Park, off the M1 at Junction 20 Jonesborough.
Commenting on their Facebook page, store owner Bernie Rice said: “Hey everyone, on one level I am sorry to say that we closed our beautiful shop in Dundalk yesterday because our lease was up. On a higher level we are sooo excited about our new ventures, yes plural, ventures! At Junction 20 Flurry Bridge business park. We now have two showrooms. one for our wedding and event planning and decor, Room Angelz, and one for our award winning wedding boutique, Butterflyz and Angelz.
“Please bear with us while we relocate and make sure that both are up to the standards that is expected of us.”
For further details call 086 805 1014.
Jane Kelly and Philip McGovern of Big Mountain Productions
Dundalk-based television production company Big Mountain Productions has got one step closer to bringing RTE hit Craft Master to US audiences.
It has signed a deal with US producer North South to pitch the show to US networks. Craft Master harnesses the growing popularity of arts and crafts like Linda McKay’s millinery, knitting and loom-banding.
Big Mountain hopes to emulate the success of its show Genealogy Roadshow, whose format was snapped up by US public broadcaster PBS. The programme is now in its second season on PBS.
Big Mountain made €1.6m last year. Demand for content is booming as online providers like Netflix seek more quality programming, managing director Philip McGovern said.
Bank of Ireland will host an ‘Open House’ event in their branch in Clanbrassil Street on Saturday August 23rd from 11am to 3pm.
The event will tell you all you need to know about getting a mortgage, whether you are a first time buyer or simply moving home.
Local auctioneers will be on hand to display some of the latest property listings while local solicitors will also be available to answer legal questions you might have on the day.
All are welcome to attend.
Thanks to Damien Wynne for sharing this picture of things taking shape at Earl House on Earl Street.
Work on the former National Irish Bank and Revenue Commissioners’ building on Dundalk’s main pedestrianised street has been ongoing for several months. Now though, it appears the builders are close to finishing up, with the marble work and naming of the building clearly visible.
Discount retailer Dealz is set to occupy the bottom retail units when the builders vacate it. It had been hoped that they would be open at the end of this month but no exact date has been confirmed as yet.
Mizu are looking to hire senior hair stylists and beauty therapists for their stores in Dundalk and Carlingford.
The positions are full-time with further details available by emailing Rachel@mizu.ie with your CV or by dropping it into the salon at River Lane.
You can also call Mizu on 042 9330933.
The Brass Rail boutique closed its doors on Clanbrassil Street last Friday after over 19 years in business
There has been mixed news on the retail front in recent days with stores both opening and closing in the area.
A new Mace store opened its doors in Blackrock yesterday while Kieran’s Avenue Pharmacy is set to open shortly on the Avenue Road beside The Gym and the former Joan’s Stores.
There have been casualties too unfortunately. After over 19 years in business, the Brass Rail boutique in Clanbrassil Street closed its doors last Friday.
This follows hot on the heels of other recent closures such as The Bar on Francis Street and the Buy and Sell shop on Clanbrassil Street.