Adams calls for large turnout at water charges protest in Dundalk at the start of next month

Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin president and local TD Gerry Adams last night called for the largest turnout possible at a ‘Right2Water’ mobilisation planned for Dundalk on Saturday November 1st.

Speaking at a public meeting on water charges in the Order of Malta headquarters in Mill Street last night, Deputy Adams said his party vehemently opposed the charges and said they could be defeated if people stuck together.

“Sinn Féin’s message is clear – we are completely opposed to domestic water charges North or South,” he said.

“Sinn Féin government in the North has blocked the introduction of domestic water charges and we will reverse them if in government in this State.

“We will oppose tooth and nail any attempt to privatise water services.

“Irish Water has become synonymous with everything that is wrong with the Fine Gael Labour Government – cronyism, political manipulation of State boards, threats to citizens and ever mounting taxes on struggling families.

“Water charges can be defeated at the ballot box but it is vitally important that citizens throughout the State continue to mobilise and campaign for their abolition.

“Pressure needs to be exerted in communities, on the streets and in the Dáil. With unity of purpose and determined action, water charges can be defeated.”

Adams to speak on water charges in Dundalk tonight


Sinn Féin president and local TD Gerry Adams will speak at a public meeting on water charges at the Order of Malta headquarters in Mill Street, Dundalk, this evening.

The meeting gets underway at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.

Dundalk Young Irelands celebration dinner dance next weekend


Dundalk Young Irelands GFC are hosting a gala dinner dance in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sunday October 26th to mark their 130th anniversary.

The club appeared in the first ever All-Ireland Final way back in 1887 and are synonymous with the GAA in the town and county.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact 087-2022470.

Hughes Transport eye warehouse in Xerox

Xerox Technology Park in Dundalk

Xerox Technology Park in Dundalk

Hughes Transport could be set to move to the Xerox Technology Park.

The company, currently based on the Coes Road, have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission for a proposed logistic warehouse (1,352sqm in floor area and 11.062m high) at Site No 2 at the Dundalk Logistics Park at Xerox on the Dublin Road.

Their application includes the provision for vehicular parking and a new 2.4m high paladin boundary fence. They also want a new site entrance to an existing internal access road.

The council are due to make a decision on the matter by December 3rd.

Dundalk Garda Station entrance to be upgraded

Dundalk Garda Station

Dundalk Garda Station

Dundalk Garda Station could be getting a slightly new look in the coming months.

The Office of Public Works have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission to replace the main steps and hand-railings at the station at The Crescent.

As part of the upgrade, there will also be a new universal remote access platform lift included.

The council are due to decide on the matter by November 30th.

Cllr Sharkey appeals for return of stolen laptop

Cllr Tomás Sharkey

Cllr Tomás Sharkey

Local councillor Tomás Sharkey has made an appeal to the public to help him locate a stolen laptop that was stolen last Saturday.

The Apple Macbook was in a laptop case with the Sinn Féin representative’s diary in a van parked outside his wife Caroline’s flower store, The Flower Studio, at Stapleton Court, when it was stolen at 6.37pm last Saturday.

Cllr Sharkey claims to have the thief on camera and says he was wearing dark blue jeans and a black jacket.

He says the Macbook is easily identifiable as it is dented at the charger port.

A key ring with a photo (pictured below) was in the bag also.

Anyone who has information on the theft is asked to contact Cllr Sharkey or the Gardaí.

The picture on a keyring that was inside the laptop bag belonging to Cllr Sharkey

The picture on a keyring that was inside the laptop bag belonging to Cllr Sharkey

Good Time Charlie returns to Dundalk to run Mr B’s Disco Bar

Charlie Coyle, aka Good Time Charlie

Charlie Coyle, aka Good Time Charlie

One of Dundalk’s best known barmen is set to return to the town next week.

Charlie Coyle, better known as Good Time Charlie, has been hired to run the new Mr B’s Disco Bar premises, which opens next Thursday night at 8pm.

Mr B’s Disco Bar is located in the former Good Times Charlies premises in Francis Street and is owned by Pat Belton from Inniskeen.

Most recently operating as The Bar, the premises as undergone a “major revamp” and will initially open from Thursday to Monday.

Charlie initially set up Good Time Charlie’s eight years ago but left the town in recent years.


Recruitment underway for Army Reserves

180px-27_Infantry_Battalion.svgThe 27th Infantry Battalion in Dundalk, Cavan and Navan are currently recruiting members of the Army Reserve.

They are looking for men and women, aged 18 to 35, from all backgrounds that possession a strong sense of duty and enjoy working as part of a team.

Applications can be made online at, with the closing date Friday November 14th.

Registration open next weekend for Dundalk Santa Run


The Dundalk Santa Run is back again once again this year and is scheduled to take place on Friday December 5th.

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, who are running the event to raise funds for the Dundalk Simon Community, are hoping to repeat last year’s feat of breaking a Guinness World Record.

Registration dates have now been posted with those looking to partake able to do so from Saturday week, October 25th.

A special Santa Run shop will be set up in the old Pulse Pacemaker shop in Park Street. It will be open from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and from 12 noon to 6pm on Sundays.

Registration is just €10 per adult and €5 per child. This allows you to participate and receive a Santa suit.

For sponsorship cards call 042 9339583.

Paddy Matthews to sleep rough tonight in order to raise awareness of homelessness

Paddy Matthews

Paddy Matthews

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce president Paddy Matthews plans to sleep rough tonight to raise awareness of the plight of Ireland’s thousands of homeless people.

Armed with just a sleeping bag and a cup of soup, the Matthews Coach Hire boss will join other business leaders to take part in Focus Ireland’s Shine A Light Night in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens.

“I was shocked to realise that there are over 5,000 people homeless in Ireland today and that one in seven of them is a child,” Paddy said this week.

“I really wanted to do something to raise funds and awareness of the issue of homelessness both locally and across Ireland. Focus Ireland’s Shine A Light Night gives me, and many others the perfect opportunity to do this.

“I have never even so much as slept outdoors in a tent, so this is a totally new experience for me. I’ll be on a sheet of cardboard and I’m praying for a quiet night with no rain!

“The funds raised enable Focus Ireland to reach out to even more families, children, young people and adults who so desperately need their support.”

Paddy has been fundraising for the event for some time now, and as he works towards his goal, is asking anyone who is interested in helping to solve the homeless issue in Ireland to consider sponsoring him.

“I would like to thank all of those who have contributed to my fundraising efforts so far.

“On line donations can be made here. Alternatively, cheques made out to Focus Ireland can be sent to me at Matthews Coach Hire, Callenberg, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan.”

Focus Ireland aim to break the cycle of homelessness by giving people access to information, housing, childcare and a range of education services throughout Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Sligo, Waterford, Clare and Wexford.