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Wednesday, 12th January, 2022. Vol. 15, Issue 2 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Job losses at National Pen a ‘hammer blow’

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By Tamara O’Connell

The news that 100 jobs in National Pen are at risk due to a restructuring of the company has been met with disappointment and shock this week. Local TD Ruairi O’Murchú said the news was a ‘hammer blow’ for the workers in the local facility in Xerox Technology Park. National Pen opened its international headquarters in Dundalk almost 35 years ago in 1987 and over three decades grew to the point where it employed over 1000 employees by 2017, the year they celebrated being in Dundalk for thirty years. Now, according to statement from National Pen President and CEO Peter Kelly another 100

jobs are thought to be under threat as the company confirmed plans to conduct the fulfilment of European orders at the company’s facility in the Czech Republic from 2023. “National Pen has been digitally transforming our business from a value-based brand to a service-oriented brand. One of the key aspects of this transformation is to reduce turn-around times on our customer orders. The ongoing supply chain environment, coupled with a customer base that is increasingly shopping online has led to our efforts to invest in technology, ecommerce and supply chain capabilities to remain best in class in our industry. Continued on Page 2

Mud, sweat and gears for Johnny!

Cuchulainn Cycling Club member Johnny McCabe claimed the gold medal in the Masters 60 race after a close battle with Paul Birchall last weekend. Full story Page 11

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Job losses a ‘hammer blow’ for the town By Paul Byrne

From Page 1 “For this reason, we plan to cease fulfilment operations at our Dundalk facility from next

calendar year, 2023. From 2023 onwards, we plan to conduct the fulfilment of European orders at National Pen’s facility in the Czech Republic as the closer

proximity to market will enable faster delivery to our core customer base across mainland Europe. “The plan to relocate fulfilment operations in 2023 is in no way a reflection on the excellent work our fulfilment teams have done throughout the years in Dundalk, but regrettably, National Pen anticipates that 100 fulfilment roles will be at risk as a result of this operational restructure. Non-fulfilment positions currently based in Dundalk will not be impacted. National Pen remains fully committed to Dundalk as our International Headquarters and a crucial site of operational importance. We plan to further invest in our online operations in Ireland with the creation of 50 new technology and ecommerce positions in Ireland over the

next five years in partnership with the IDA,” read the statement from National Pen’s President. Local TD Ruarí O’Murchú described the news as a hamer blow for Dundalk and expressed fears about th elong term plans for the company in Dundalk. ‘This is a hammer blow to the people who are losing their jobs in National Pen, coming as it does at the start of a new year. ‘The only good thing is that those who are being made redundant have not had their jobs advertised before they were told they were losing their positions in Dundalk, like their former colleagues in 2020. ‘Eighteen months

ago, National Pen advertised positions in Tunisia for foreign language sales teams that were based in Dundalk before the workers were told by email that their jobs were being moved. ‘Like on that occasion, the news has come out of the blue on a Friday. ‘At that time, I wrote to National Pen seeking assurances for the workers who were losing their jobs then and for those who were still there. The company did not respond. ‘While National Pen has been a large employer in Dundalk for nearly 35 years, I am fearful of what their long-term plan for their local facility is, despite their assurances to the IDA and the

jobs are at risk and help them identify new job opportunities. “Dundalk Chamber is disappointed at the announcement of further losses at National Pen, which are not seasonal adjustments. “We hope that the fact that the lead in time of one year will enable a programme of training and other supports

will enable all effected to identify new job opportunities. “The Chamber has through its SKILLNETS programme over the last two years already seen the level of upskilling and retraining that is possible. We will of course make our resources available to help in anyway,” stated the Chamber.

Gardaí in Dundalk investigating the disappearance of Giedre Raguckaite in May, 2018 arrested a man on Monday morning. He is currently detained at a Garda station in the midlands under Section 42 of the Criminal JusGiedre Raguckaite tice Act, 2006 and can She was last seen be detained for up to 24 being assisted into a hours. 29-year old Giedre arrived in Ireland in early March 2018 and took up residence in Drogheda. She moved to College Heights, Hoey’s Lane, Dundalk at the end of April 2018. She moved out of that accommodation on Thursday, 24th May 2018. Between 24th - 29th May 2018 there were two sightings of her in Dundalk area. On Tuesday evening, 29th May 2018 she made contact with a friend and at approximately 6.30pm she called her father in Lithuania. She explained that she had been in a hotel/licensed premises that day for dinner and was socialising. The location of this premises is currently unknown. It is believed she was in the Dundalk area until approximately 8pm.

house in Laytown on the night of Tuesday, 29th May 2018 at 11pm by two men. It is understood she was intoxicated. It is believed she left that house with these men at approximately 1:45am on Wednesday, 30th May 2018. There have been no sightings or contact with Giedre since that time.

government. ‘This the second major set of job losses in 18 months. ‘There is no doubt that this announcement will be felt far and wide around the community of Dundalk and further afield,” he concluded. Meanwhile, the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce has vowed to support workers whose

Gardai make arrest in Giedre Raguckaite case

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Colaiste Ris tops third level feeder school list in Dundalk

By Tamara O’Connell

Colaiste Ris Secondary School has emerged as the top feeder school in Dundalk, according to data published in the Irish Independent. The Feeder Schools League Tables 2022 reveals that 100 per cent of Colaiste Ris’s 67 Leaving Certificate students progressed to third level education in the Republic of Ireland in 2021. O’Fiaich College Dundalk and St Vincent’s Secondary School saw 92 per cent of their

Leaving Certificate students go on to third level education. They were followed closely by St Louis Secondary School and Dundalk Grammar School who both saw 86 per cent of their Leaving Certificate students progress to third level. Bush Post Primary School had 84 per cent of its Leaving Certificate students go on to third level, while De La Salle Secondary School had 73 per cent. St Mary’s College Dundalk saw 69 per cent of its students progress to third level, Coláiste

Chú Chulainn saw 66%, while in Ardee Community School it was 65 per cent and in Scoil Ui Mhuiri Dunleer it was 52 per cent. According to the Irish Independent, the feeder school tables are drawn from data supplied by almost 30 thirdlevel colleges and from the State Examinations Commission (SEC). The lists do not provide information on how many students went on to study in the UK or overseas.

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No consultation with students on reopening schools plan says local rep The Louth-Meath regional officer for the Irish Second Level Students’ Union (ISSU) has expressed his concerns about the recent government announcement on the reopening of schools. Andrew Victory believes that the concerns of students, parents and teachers have not been addressed by the government which has led to significant worries and stress. “The Department of Education has announced the full reopening of schools across the country tomorrow as planned. The failure to address the concerns of students and parents, as well as teachers and staff, has led to significant worries and stress amongst them. Schools have been left with little time to prepare for the absences and increased Covid-19 concerns. Personally, I am not confident that these measures will create adequate changes prior to reopening,” stated Andrew. “I was disappointed when I found out that the Department of Education didn’t consult the ISSU, or other education stakeholders, when finalizing the decision to reopen schools. Instead, the Department only briefed us on the matter, dis-

regarding major concerns expressed to them. I feel that this decision was wrong and has only escalated the fear and worry amongst students,” he added. “The ISSU is continuing to call for more measure to be taken by the Department of Education such as a phased reopening of schools starting Monday the 10th with priority given to exam year student, and students with special educational needs (SEN), the urgent sourcing of HEPA filters for all classrooms, and further adjustments to the 2022 Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate examinations. “Students, as always, are encouraged to voice their concerns to the ISSU, and can do so my emailing louthmeath@ issu.ie or alternatively by contacting studentvoices@issu.

ie,” noted Andrew. The ISSU is urging all stakeholders in school communities to adhere strictly to public health regulations in order to ensure the safety of schools for all students and staff. The union has noted that whilst Public Health Representatives have said there is no rationale to not re-open schools, the Department of Education have disregarded the disruption that this rushed reopening will cause to students. With high teacher absenteeism and substitution shortages, schools are under-resourced. The current plan that has been proposed allows the possibility of specific class groups in each individual school to be sent home from school if deemed necessary. This causes

significant disruption and uncertainty for students, with the possibility of many students not knowing if they are going to be in school the next day. This also raises concerns about whether individual classes could miss out on in-person learning compared to other classes and what position that will leave students completing state examinations. The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU), expresses major concern at the lack of consultation with students on the return to school. The representatives of students were not consulted at a meeting held on the reopening of schools on January 4th, as they believed they would be, instead, a briefing was held to inform the ISSU and other stakeholders of the decision that had already been made.

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Dundalk’s finest young scientific minds get ready for exhibition

Four local schools will take part in the 58th running of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Students from St Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk Grammar, St Louis Girls and Bush Post Primary will take part in the competition when it launches virtually online today (Wednesday) at 8am. This year, St Vincent’s will be represented by Sarah Dorgan, Sona Maria Sani and Bláthnaid Rafferty with their project, ‘A comparison between people’s attitudes towards different vaccinations’. The aim of their project is to gather people’s opinions on certain vaccinations and to investigate why people choose to take certain vaccines and not to take others. The girls are working on their project under the guidance and support of their teacher Mr John White, who has guided many of our students to this stage of the competition over the years. Meanwhile St Louis Secondary School will

From left: Sona Maria Sani, Sarah Dorgan and Bláthnaid Rafferty from St Vincent’s. have two projects on display at the exhibition under the guidance of teachers Anne Marie Kirk and Orla Muldoon. The first project sees Anne Marie’s students Megan Reilly, Natalia Gomez Salcines and Brianna Keene testing the effectiveness of homemade remedies for stomach aches. According to the trio the experiment was really enjoyable and they were looking forward to taking part in the competition. “Our project is “Testing Homemade remedies for Stomach Aches” “We used titration experiments to neutralise acid. We have multiple different remedies including baking soda,

peppermint, ginger and lots more. We tested which methods worked to neutralise acid and tested which were most effective,” they explained. The second project at St Louis which is being presented this morning features Jona Garcia, Claudine Mulihano and Iman Shittu who are all fifth year students in the school. Teacher Orla Muldoon explained what her students have been working on. “The girls have been very busy working on their BT young scientist competition entry - A renewable and electricity free cooling system for food refrigeration that can combat world hunger!

The girls are investigating if it is possible to use commonly found fertilizers to instantly and cheaply cool foods without the use of electricity.” stated Orla. Over in the Grammar School Solomon Doyle will represent the school at the exhibition for a third time at th econtest. Solomon has developed an app called iVision-A and his project is titled ‘A convulotional neural network based object detection and text recognition mobile application for the visually impaired’. The app helps the user to identify objects using a mobile device. Bush secondary school have put forward two projects for the exhibition with Niamh Holland, Emily Tuohy and Sophie Hanlon looking to find the optimum fruit to eat before a match. A second project sees Bush students Rebecca Bothwell and Elizabeth Gillen asking the question ‘Is the Chinese government correct in limiting video game use in U18’s?’.

Patsy Kelly 5K won’t be back for tenth and final race

The much-loved annual Patsy Kelly 5K race will not return for a planned tenth and final edition due to the uncertainty around COVID19. Organisers had hoped to stage one last event of the popular race but after having to postpone those plans both in 2020 and 2021 they have been forced to admit defeat again this year given the fact there is so much uncertainty in the world right now. The race first took place in 2012 and was created to honour the memory of former Clan na Gael groundsman and North-East Runner Patsy Kelly who tragically passed away while out running in 2010. The race traditionally began in Ard Easmuinn before finishing at the Clans Pitch on the Ecco Road will take place on Saturday April 4th at 6.30pm. The race which was organised by the North East Runners and Clan Na Gael GFC attracted a total of 6653 during its nine years while also raising close to €40,000

Patsy Kelly Jim Gonnelly 5k. for various charities around Dundalk. A message on social media over the weekend confirmed that there would be no final Patsy Kelly 5K race this year. “Around this time of year, then we usually have decided on what colour the t-shirts will be. We would also start to work on medal design....... But with so much uncertainty in the World today, we now have to accept that the Last PK event you competed was ........ The Last PK5K. “We had planned a 10th and final PK in 2020 but Covid-19 put an end to those plans ... Twice !!! We thank you and our Sponsors

for tremendous support over the previous Nine Events ( Eight Real and One Virtual in 2020 ). “We are proud that local charities benefitted from your participation in the event. We hope you enjoyed your PK experiences and thank you for the many great memories you gave and shared with us,” stated the message. According to Jim Gonnelly, one of the race organisers, the organisers were proud of how the race grew over the years and thanked everybody who helped make the Patsy Kelly 5K such a success. “We are disappointed that there will be no

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tenth and final race for us to organise but the way things are and the amount of planning that goes into a race like this just meant that it wasn’t feasible with all that’s going on with COVID right now. We are very proud of how the race has grown over the years and we would like to thank everybody who supported us along the way. It became a very popular race every year and we think there are thirteen people who have done all nine races which is great” stated Jim. “Thanks to the people of Dundalk and beyond we raised almost €40,000 for local charities such as Women’s Aid, SOSAD, Birches Alzheimer Centre, St Patrick’s Soup Kitchens and the North Louth Hospice who were our chosen charity on a number of occasions. We’d like to thank Flogas for being great sponsors for the last few runs we did and we hope we did Patsy’s memory proud over the years,” he added.


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Johnny McCabe claims the Masters 60 CX Title Dundalk’s Cuchulainn Cycling Club had a very successful weekend in Armagh, where the National Cyclo Cross Championships were held at the Palace Demesne. The park’s fields, woodland and trails provided a tough, demanding course that was especially muddy due to the current wet weather. Support crew in the pits were kept very busy providing clean bikes for the cyclists on every lap, such was the level of mud. In the Master’s 60 race, stalwart Johnny McCabe claimed the gold medal after a close battle with Paul Birchall. In fact it was an effort by McCabe towards the end of the 3rd lap that finally put some daylight between the pair, with McCabe taking the win with only 14 seconds to spare after almost an hour’s racing. In the Masters 50 former champion Aiden McDonald couldn’t recapture his winning form of old, but had a great race to finish inside the top 10. In the Masters 40 another Cuchulainn rider PJ Hynes finished inside the top 10 in 7th place. In the Under 14 girls, the

club produced a masterclass to place it’s 4 riders in the top 10 to take the team prize. First home for the club was Ffionn Dolan, who picked up the bronze medal. This gave her another trip to the winner’s podium after her success in the road nationals in 2021. Close behind in 4th place was Holly McCaffrey. Then in 7th and 8th respectively were Grace O`Rourke and Edith Murphy. Grace’s younger brother Michael competed in the Under 12s. In the under 14 boys Sean Delaney had a good outing and gained some valuable experience. In the Under 16 boys Callum McCaffrey missed out on a top 10 place by less than 30 seconds when he came home in 11th place. His teammate Aj McAreavey was further back in the field. In the Under 16 girls Rhiannon Dolan overcame an early mechanical to ride her way up to 9th position. Finally on the other end of the scale from Johnny McCabe in the Masters 60, Logan McAreavey took part in the under 8s fun face and most certainly did have fun!

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Family Notices in memoriam

MURRAY 1st ANNIVERSAY First anniversary of our Mam, Mary Murray, late of Father Murray Park, Dundalk, which occurs on 11th January. Mam Although our worlds are different now, Or is that just how it seems, For I see you when I close my eyes, Because you are always in my dreams. I know you’re up in Heaven, And looking down on me, And when I look up at the stars, I know that’s where you’ll be. Even though I miss you, You’re no too far away, Because my heart is full of memories, And I treasure them every day. Our time on earth was special, But it’s only the very start, So please keep watching over me, While we’re not so far apart. Someday the time will come, When I no longer feel this pain, That is the day when Heaven calls, And we will meet again. Losing someone irreplaceable, Causes pain that’s hard to bear, My heart feels truly broken, Knowing you’re no longer there. —Love and miss you every day, from your loving daughter Anita; partner Gus and Grandson. XXX.

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Rise in new car registrations AA’s advice on buying an EV in County Louth for 2021 THE number of new vehicles registered in County Louth rose by 11.21% per cent in 2021 compared to the figures for 2020, according to statistics for last year released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). Nationally, the total new car registrations for 2021 finished at 104,932, which was a rise of 19 per cent on the 2020 figure of 88,325, and down 10.4 per cent on the 117,109 new vehicles registered in 2019. A total of 2,361 new vehicles were registered in Louth in 2021, representing a 2.25 per cent share of the national market, compared to 2,123 vehicles recorded in 2020, which represented a 2.4 per cent share of the market. Nationwide, New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations in 2021 stood at 28,741, which was an increase of 32.3 per cent compared to the 2020 figure of 21,732. New Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations (HGV) saw an increase of 31.5 per

cent from 2,716 in comparison to 2,066 in 2020 and a 2.1 per cent rise on the 2,659 recorded in 2019. Imported Used Cars saw 63,617 registrations a decrease of 20.4 per cent on 2020 (79,969) and a decrease of 44.2 per cent on 2019 (113,926). A total of 8,646 new electric cars were registered in 2021, an increase on the 4,013 registrations seen in 2020 and 3,444 in 2019. Other stats of note show a changing market place in 2021. Diesel accounted for 33.44 per cent of new cars, petrol for 32.16 per cent, hybrid for 16.22 per cent, electric for 8.24 per cent, and plug-in hybrid

for 7.26 per cent. Diesel remains the most popular engine type despite a decline in its market share last year (9.85 per cent) while hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid continue to gain market share in 2021. Manual transmissions account for a 50.95 per cent of the market share, while automatic transmissions continue to increase their popularity again this year as they rose by 48.93 per cent. The hatchback remains Ireland’s top selling car body type of 2021, while grey is the top selling colour and has continued to keep that title for the past six years. Brian Cooke, SIMI

Director General said: “The difficulties arising from both COVID and Brexit impacted on the supply and demand for cars, which made 2021 another challenging year for the Irish Motor Industry. He was however hopeful that 2022 would see a return to 2019 levels of sales in the car industry. “The industry is hopeful that 2022 will see further improvements in business levels. Pre-orders do indicate a strong appetite for new and used cars, providing a positive outlook for our Industry and with a return to prepandemic 2019 new car sales levels expected,” he stated.

McGreehan appointed to new FF committee on Northern Ireland Louth Senator Erin McGreehan has been appointed to a new Fianna Fáil Committee on Northern Ireland and Good Friday Agreement. Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has confirmed the membership of the first of a series of internal policy development committees he is establishing as part of the Party’s renewal programme. Senator McGreehan commented, “I am delighted to be appointed to this position. This policy group is more than the title, it is about all factors of Ireland’s

fully implemented and there are many issues on legacy that must be prioritised. “In this time of centenary celebrations we must also examine how we look to the future and the possibility of a future referendum on the constitutional status of the six counties.

Senator Erin McGreehan. future. The Shared Island is all our futures on this Island. The framework which we will go about our busi-

ness will be with the parameters of the Good Friday Agreement. As we know the Good Friday Agreement is not

“I love this island; all its parts, it can often be difficult to reconcile with the past. However, all we can change is the future, and let’s work to make sure that it is the best wee island for all its people.”

You should do your research before any car purchase. But, with an electric vehicle, there are some extra things to consider. There is a whole lot more choice on the Irish market than there was 24 months ago when it comes to full EVs, cars that only use a battery. Most manufacturers have a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) and the availability is much better and the cost is coming down. Battery sizes vary, and generally, the larger the battery, the further the car will go from one charge. Cars like the Honda E have a small 35kWh battery, enough for around 210km, whereas a Tesla Model S has a battery almost three times the size (100kWh) and can manage around 575km. A bigger battery will also cost you more money. So, figure out if you really need the biggest battery, because you will pay for it. For example, the Volkswagen ID.3. A well-equipped Executive 58 kWh ID.3 will cost you, as a private buyer after grants, €39,530. But you will pay around €3,000 more for a version with a 77 kWh battery that is capable of about 100km more range. Sure, you get more power, but do you really need to spend that much more to save yourself extra charging time? Then you need to look at what your daily commute is like. Do you travel 100km each way to work? Or is it more like 20km? These things will all colour your decision.

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If you live in an apartment complex or in a Terrace, you might not be able to get a wall box fitted to your home. This can be a major obstacle to EV ownership. You could theoretically depend on the public charging network, but you are at the mercy of these being operational which isn’t always the case, or by them being blocked by other EVs. Most modern homes should be able to provide a single-phase connection, with up to 7.4 kW charging power. This will be enough to charge most EVs overnight. Charging at home is the cheapest and most convenient way to charge an electric vehicle and it means that you can come home in the evening, plug in and wake up to a full battery, paying a lower rate of electricity if on a night rate plan. Costs vary for wall boxes, but there is a €600 SEAI grant available towards purchase and installation of a home charger unit which covers the main bulk of the cost. The applicant must be the owner of an eligible new or second-hand electric vehicle. New for 2022 is the availability of an Apartment Charging Grant; support will be provided to the Owners’ Management Companies (OMCs) to install the electrical network and any shared chargers. Secondly, each resident will be provided with support to install a charge point to connect to the local Apartment / Multi-Unit Development (MUD) charging network. Some argue that EVs are expensive and

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on the face of it they are, but there are very generous grants available for EVs right now, which won’t last forever. All EVs up to a total price of €60,000 have an SEAI grant of €5,000 and there is also a Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) Rebate that varies depending on the value of the car. Vehicles with an Open Market Selling Price (OMSP) of up to €40,000 are granted relief of up to €5,000. Vehicles with an OMSP of greater than €40,000 but less than €50,000 will receive a reduced level of relief and there is no relief for cars above €50,000. Again, let’s take a Volkswagen ID.3. The list price is a 58 kWh Executive version is €47,595, you get €5,000 SEAI grant and then another €3,065 in VRT relief, bringing the price down to €39,530. This is more expensive than the most expensive Volkswagen Golf R-Line 2.0 TDI 150 DSG (€39,250) but you will have cheaper running costs with the EV. A tank of fuel in the Golf will cost you about €75 (45-litre tank) and will bring you about 800km. A full charge in the ID.3, at night rate electricity at home will cost around €6 and will bring you around 400km conservatively. These are significant differences. With higher taxes and penalties likely to be applied to CO2 producing (at tailpipe) cars in the near future, the costs of running non-electric vehicles will get higher and higher. By Paddy Comyn, AA Ireland.


Dundalk Leader 12th January 2022

Dundalk Leader 12th January 2022


Dundalk Leader 12th January 2022


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