Kirk calls for cross-border strategy on minimum alcohol pricing

Seamus Kirk TD

Seamus Kirk TD

Louth TD Seamus Kirk has said the strategy to set a minimum price for alcohol must also apply across the border.

The Fianna Fáil Deputy has welcomed efforts to curb alcohol abuse by tackling below cost selling, but he raised concerns that border counties will lose out on sales unless the minimum prices also apply across the border.

“We need an all-island approach to clamping down on the easy availability of cheap alcohol. Setting a minimum price on this side of the border alone will only drive consumers across the border to buy cheaper alcohol. Border counties like Louth will suffer as a result and it will put major pressure on our local retailers,” said Deputy Kirk.

“I am calling on the Government to do the sensible thing and engage with the Northern Ireland Executive on a cross-border approach. If we standardise minimum prices for the whole island, it will be a significant step forward in tacking the abuse of alcohol in this country. But failure to do so will only fuel cross border shopping at the expense of our local retailers.”

New boutique to open on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk next week


Clanbrassil Street is set for a welcome boost as a new styling boutique is set to open its doors on Friday May 2nd.

The person responsible for the new venture, which will be called Elmay Professional Styling Boutique, is Dundalk woman Laura (Hughes) Corry – the former manager of Sally West, which closed its doors recently.

Laura has over 12 years experience in the fashion industry and she comes from a strong family background steeped in fashion history from designers to manufacturers and wholesalers to retailers.

Laura has furthered her styling knowledge by receiving professional training from top celebrity stylist Nicky Hambleton Jones who is best known for presenting Channel 4’s hit show 10 Years Younger.

Elmay Professional Styling Boutique will combine both styling expertise with clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories to give each customer an individual look.

Elmay Boutique will cater for a wide variety of ladies from mid-20s to mid-70s and above, and with a selection of sizes from 8-24 there will surely be something to satisfy all women’s needs.

The shop will be located at 30 Clanbrassil Street – the former Madame Kay’s – and will have well-known brands from the four corners of the globe as well as celebrating the best of Irish fashion hosting labels such as, most recently seen on Ireland AM, as well as Avalon, Via Veneto, Roisin McCarthy knitwear and Aria – a company which featured in Elle magazine’s top 10 brands of last year.

Elmay Boutique will offer a special opening discount of up to 20% off for each customer from Friday 2nd to Saturday 10th May. For more updates visit their Facebook page at

Dundalk man jailed for stealing from Cork council

Karl McCaughley

Karl McCaughley

A 40-year-old businessman, who is originally from Dundalk, has been sentenced to four years in prison with the final year suspended after admitting to stealing almost €124,000 from Cork County Council.

Karl McCaughley, from Ballinspittle in Cork, told Judge Patrick Moran that he stole the money to fund his penchant for expensive cars. During a search on his home in 2009, two Porsche cars, one Mercedes vehicle and a Land Rover were all found on the premises.

The married father of three young children had pleaded guilty to 28 counts of deception, forgery and theft at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The court heard that McCaughley took the money when he was employed as an agent for Cork City Council distributing parking discs and bin tags and collecting payments from retailers.

Following a substantial investigation in 2009, detectives from the Fraud Squad based at Anglesea Street discovered that McCaughley was siphoning off payments from the retailers and lodging them to his own account.

In some instances, McCaughley asked retailers to make cheques payable to his own company. In other instances he altered cheques that had been made out to the council and made them payable to himself.

The court was told that total loss to the council was €123,983 and that McCaughley had repaid €25,800 in the past few days.

McCaughley said he did not drink or smoke and cars were his passion and his “only vice”.

He “100% apologised” and said he wanted to repay the council in full.

Judge Moran sentenced McCaughley to four years in prison, suspending the final year and refused leave to appeal.

Source: Businessman jailed for four years for fraud (RTÉ News)