LGBT Helpline seeking volunteers in Dundalk

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The LGBT Helpline are currently recruiting volunteers for their centre in Dundalk.

The LGBT Helpline supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with anyone interested in helping asked to fill out an application form and email it to info@lgbt.ie

The next round of volunteer training will commence in Dundalk in mid February.

Dates for Dundalk training will be confirmed next week but the training will consist of two full Saturdays and three evenings.

All applicants will be asked to attend for a short interview and volunteers must attend all training dates. The LGBT Helpline only takes volunteers who identify as LGBT.

Once trained, LGBT Helpline volunteers are required to contribute a minimum of five hours service per month for at least once year. If you would like to apply to become a volunteer with the LGBT Helpline email info@lgbt.ie.

You can call the LGBT Helpline on 1890 929 539.

Blow for Supermac’s fans as new Louth restaurant is to open in Drogheda, not Dundalk

logoThere has been some bad news for local fans of Irish fast food chain Supermac’s, with their new Louth store not set to open in Dundalk.

Last October Talk of the Town revealed that the franchise, which operates over 100 restaurants nationwide, was due to open in Co Louth.

At the time management at Supermac’s would only reveal that the new restaurant would only be in one of the county’s two major towns but it has now been revealed that the new Supermac’s will be opening in Drogheda, not Dundalk.

Supermac’s were previously based in Dundalk in the former Phil Lynch premises – now Heustons – in Clanbrassil Street in the mid to late ‘Nineties.

It has been closed for well over a decade, however, with the nearest restaurant located in Main Street, Carrickmacross.

While people from this area now have the option of travelling to Drogheda, it will come as a disappointment to many that the new store will not be opening locally with many highly enthusiastic about the prospect when discussing the matter on the Talk of the Town Facebook page last year.

As well as Supermac’s, the new Drogheda outlet will also include the company’s pizza chain, Papa John’s.

New barbers opening in Dundalk this Saturday

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A new barber shop, Signature Hair, will open its doors on Clanbrassil Street this Saturday.

Run by local man Barry Kieran, the barbers will be located at 74 Clanbrassil Street – the former Portway Travel/Rug Store shop, in between Swift Alterations and Property Partners Laurence Gunne.

The shop will open at 9am Saturday and appointments can be made by calling or texting Barry on 087 9642463.

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.

Fears for Dundalk jobs as eBay confirms plans to cut 2,400 jobs globally

Ebay_LogoAs speculated before Christmas, eBay has confirmed plans to cut 2,400 jobs worldwide.

This makes up around 7% of its global workforce, slightly less than the 10% cut predicted when news of the company’s plans broke last month.

With its European HQ in Ireland, eBay employs around 2,500 people in Dundalk and Dublin and while it is not clear whether any Irish jobs will be effected, there will be fears over positions locally due to the fact the vast majority of staff at the company’s base in the Xerox Technology Park would not be entitled to redundancy.

The cuts are to be made in the first quarter of the year and come ahead of the split between eBay and sister company PayPal into two separate entities by mid-2015 in an effort to maximize shareholder value.

eBay announced the plans cuts while reporting its fourth quarter earnings yesterday and also revealed that it was exploring the possible sale or IPO of its eBay Enterprise unit.

eBay first acquired PayPal, an online payment processing service, in 2002 for $1.5 billion. While it once made sense to pair an online auction house with a payments company, some investors and outsiders called for a split long before the official announcement so the two companies can better focus on their core products.

The eBay facility in Dundalk officially opened its doors in April 2013 and has become one of the town’s biggest employers in that time.

Conlon’s Food Hall opening third Dundalk store today

The new Conlon's Food Hall

The new Conlon’s Food Hall

Conlon’s Food Hall will open their third local store just off the Avenue Road this morning.

The popular delicatessen, which celebrated 30 years in business last May, currently has operations in both Church Street and the Long Walk Shopping Centre.

Now owner Peter Conlon is opening a new unit in the Avenue Road shopping complex, below The Gym and beside both the vets and Lidl.

The new store will offer all that people have come to expect from Conlon’s for over three decades, with plenty of lunchtime offers to whet your appetites.

Maxol hoping to open filling station on outskirts of Ardee

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

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

Maxol are hoping to open a filling station at the former McCabe’s Toyota garage outside Ardee.

The fuel retailer has applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to redevelop the existing commercial site at the junction of the N2 and R171 Tallanstown Road at The Glebe in Ardee.

They are proposing to alter the existing car showroom and offices including reducing the floor area. As well as incorporating a gym in the basement they hope to modify and reduce the floor area of the Vehicle Test Centre to accommodate alterations for a proposed filling station.

The petrol station would include a shop, café/restaurant and offices and meeting rooms.

As well as the forecourt area, the site would also feature a drive thru car wash, parking, play areas and more.

The company has requested permission to install underground storage tanks, bunkering facilities and a chemical/eslan disposal point as well as altering the access point to the site.

Louth County Council are due to decide on whether or not to allow the proposal to proceed by March 3rd.

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.

The Coffee Room closes its doors

The Coffee Room was best known for selling Starbucks products

The Coffee Room was best known for selling Starbucks products

The Coffee Room in Northlink Retail Park, just off the Inner Relief Road and Coes Road, closed its doors in the run up to Christmas.

The Grace Fellowship Church, which ran the outlet, has also vacated the premises with no updates on if they plan to setup elsewhere.

The Coffee Room had become popular for selling Starbucks products although their unique selling point was damaged somewhat when a Starbucks franchise opened in the Marshes Shopping Centre a number of months back.

Their Facebook page said they would be closing Christmas Eve, adding: “the management and staff would like to thank you for your support and valued custom over the last three years.”

INTREO offices now accepting applications for Back to Work Family Dividend

Senator Mary Moran

Senator Mary Moran

Local INTREO offices through the county are accepting applications for the new Back to Work Family Dividend from this week onwards.

The new dividend helps parents move from welfare to work by allowing them to retain the €29.80 Qualified Child Increase payment that they previously would have been lost in the event that they secured work.

Senator Mary Moran said: “This is a real example of how we are making it easier for people to return to the workplace, and making the recovery real for people in Louth. I am pleased that, as of this week, INTREO offices are accepting applications so that local parents can begin to avail of this crucial financial support.

“The Back To Work Family Dividend was introduced in Budget 2015 by Joan Burton as a means to give unemployed parents a greater incentive to go back to work. Jobseekers who secure employment retain the full payment for the first year and it continues on a phased basis thereafter.

“For a family with one child, its means that over two years, they will receive additional support of €2,324 to supplement wages.  A family with two children will receive €4,649, those with three children will get €6,973, while those with four or more will get €9,298.

“It is a key priority for me that people in our community start to feel the effects of the economic recovery in their pockets. The Dividend is one such example of how we are attempting to achieve this, while others include the increase to Child Benefit, and the cut of 1% in the top rate of income tax – both measures which take effect this month. It’s important that we continue to help people share in this hard-won recovery.

“In the meantime, I would encourage any local parent who has gained employment and will qualify for the Dividend to call their local INTREO office so that they can avail of this crucial support.”

Local INTREO Centres can be found at the following locations…

Intreo Centre Dundalk
Area Covered:  
Dundalk, Dromiskin, Blackrock, Knockbridge, Omeath, Carlingford
Address:  
Government Buildings, St. Alphonsus Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Telephone:  
042-9392600
Fax:  
042-9392695
Opening Hours:  
9:30 to 16:00 (10:30 on Thurs)

Intreo Centre Drogheda
Area Covered:  Drogheda, Termonfeckin, Duleek, Bettystown, Julianstown, Bellewstown, Dunleer (part of), Clogherhead, Mornington
Address:  Custom House Quay, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Telephone:  (041) 9871130
Fax:  (041) 9836675
Opening Hours:  9.30-16.00

Social Welfare Branch Office, Ardee
Area Covered:  
Ardee, Annagassan, Castlebellingham, Collon, Drumconrath, Tallanstown,   Dunleer(part of)
Address:  
Moore Hall, Ardee, Co. Louth
Telephone:  
(041) 6850950
Fax:  
(041) 6856677
Opening Hours:  
9:30 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:00

Dundalk BIDS in need of a new manager

Edel O'Mahony has left her role as Dundalk BIDS manager in recent weeks

Edel O’Mahony has left her role as Dundalk BIDS manager in recent weeks

The Dundalk Business Investment District Scheme (BIDS) are on the look out for a new manager following the departure of Edel O’Mahony from the role after just six months.

Edel, who had previously worked on the Louth Economic Forum, was only appointed Dundalk BIDS manager last June.

At the time she set a challenge to “build successful relationships and work together effectively for the good of the town” but despite the efforts of her and her team the scheme hasn’t been met with the approval of all retailers.

Many feel they are not getting enough out of the BIDS programme and that not enough is being done to attract both businesses and customers back to the town centre.

It is not yet known if the vacant position will be advertised or not, with some retailers expressing frustration at the lack of answers and updates on the future of BIDS heading into 2015.