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DUNDALK’S FREE NEWSPAPER Love is in the air in Pearse Park Page 2

Fairways selected as vaccination centre Page 6

Brendan earns his stripes

Enjoying the snow around town Page 10

Wednesday, 17th February, 2021. Vol. 14, Issue 7 • 63 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth Tel: 042 9320888. Fax: 042 9329676. Email: editorial@dundalkleader.com; advertising@dundalkleader.com

By Paul Byrne

Local professional golfer Brendan Lawlor has enjoyed a fantastic start to 2021 with the Louth Village native signing a new long-term contract with Niall Horan’s Modest Golf management company as well as signing a new sponsorship deal with sportswear giants adidas. The deal with adidas was made official just three weeks ago with Brendan expressing his delight upon linking up with the company. “I’ve been wearing their stuff on tour for a while now and it was great to get talking to them and sign off on an official deal. I love the brand and I can’t thank them enough for getting on board and helping me push for greater inclusivity in the game of golf,” stated Brendan. “Brendan shares our same passion and ambition in making golf a more inclusive sport,” said Andrew Law, managing director adidas Golf EMEA. “We see him as a great champion for the sport in that regard because he truly is an amazing athlete.” Continued on Page 2

DkIT/TUI dispute set for the Labour Court TUI has decided to take Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) to the Labour Court in a bid to resolve a dispute. “The DkIT President’s office couldn’t provide a resolution or be part of the solution so the Union had to act to break the impasse by bringing the Institute to the Labour Court,” said DkIT TUI Vice Chair Kenneth Sloane. According to a statement issued by TUI, “it has communicated several times with DkIT Management urging them to return to talks in order to swiftly resolve the current dispute”. Full Story Page 2

Brendan Lawlor has signed a new sponsorship deal with adidas

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From Page 1 Brendan’s impressive list of sponsors now include TaylorMade Golf, ISPS Handa, American Golf, Synergy Investments and Kinetica Sports. He is also an ambassador for Carton House Golf Course in Ireland. The 23-year old has made it his mission to put disability golf on the map in recent years and last August he made history by becoming the first player with a disability to compete on the European Tour at the ISPS Handa UK

Championship at the Belfry. Brendan, a scratch golfer, was born with Ellis vanCreveld Syndrome, a rare bone growth disorder that leads to shorter limbs. He has been making waves on the local golf circuit for a number of years but his star has shone even brighter since joining the EDGA tour in 2018. Having won three tournaments on that tour during his debut season his potential was seen by Modest! Golf Management who snapped him up in September 2019 as Lawlor

officially turned professional. Since then his remarkable rise in the golfing world has continued at pace culminating in last August’s Belfry appearance where he made headlines all over the world. Last month Modest! Golf Management announced that Brendan had put pen to paper on a brand new long-term deal with company director Niall Horan describing the Louth Village man as ‘living proof that no barrier is too great when it comes to sport’. “Brendan truly reflects eve-

rything and more about what Modest! Golf stands for,” stated the former One Direction singer. “Brendan’s hardworking attitude is infectious and he’s living proof that no barrier is too great when it comes to sport. Not only is he a brilliant golfer but he’s a great guy who we love working with and we’re excited to support him on his journey,” added Niall. Brendan, himself was understandably delighted to have signed on the dotted line and thanked Modest! Golf

for their help in making his dreams come true. “I am so grateful to Modest! Golf for all they have done for me,” said the 23year old. “They have helped change my life by allowing me to play golf full-time while traveling the world and promoting a message that I am so passionate about. There is a need for greater inclusivity in the game but the message is getting out there that sport is for everyone and I’m excited to see what the future holds,” noted Brendan.

bours porches. The Pearse Park residents are a great bunch of people and we have a lovely wee community down there so I just wanted to send out some positive vibes and at the same time maybe teach the kids about kindness and doing nice things for other people. “We were barely home from doing our rounds when we got a couple of letters through the letterbox thanking us for the gift and one lady even told us it was the nicest Valentines Day surprise she had ever received! I’m big into positivity and helping people improve their mental health so if a little thing like this can help brighten up somebody’s day, especially given what we are all going through at the moment, that can only be a good thing,” stated Orla. Orla’s neighbour Sheona

McGovern was delighted to have received her Valentines gift and thanked her ‘great neighbour’ for the gesture. “On Sunday, Valentines’ Day, we got such a lovely surprise when we stepped out to walk the dog. On our doorstep, we found a wee Valentines gift from our neighbour Orla Crilly and her family. Chocolate, candle and a little flower, in a little red pot with a note saying Happy Valentines from Number 38,” explained Sheona. “This is so typical of Orla. She always does lots for the residents of Pearse Park. She is full of community spirit, enthusiasm and all about spreading love and joy all year round. She’s always there for anyone who needs help, a cuppa and chat, or even a wild night out! She is a great neighbour,” she added.

Love is in the air around Pearse Park It was a Valentine’s Day to remember for residents in Pearse Park as Orla Crilly and her little gang of cupid helpers delivered gifts to no less than fifty houses on Sunday afternoon. Orla, a foster mother to four children, decided to try and brighten up her neighbours day by spreading some love around Pearse Park on the most romantic day of them all. Orla and her gang of helpers made up fifty small gifts consisting of a miniature red rose, a chocolate and a little note wishing their neighbours a Happy Valentine’s Day. According to Orla she wanted to put some good vibes out in her community at a time when many are feeling low due to the ongoing pandemic. “We did something similar last Easter when we went around a few houses with some eggs so we de-

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cided that we would do something this year for Valentines Day,” explained Orla. We made up about

fifty little gifts and spent maybe an hour walking around Pearse Park leaving gifts on our neigh-

DkIT/TUI dispute set for the Labour Court By Tamara O’Connell

The statement continued: “Regrettably the President’s office has not indicated an intention to return to talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). “Given this intransigence and the likelihood of a prolonged dispute the TUI communicated to DkIT management last week seeking management’s agreement to have the dispute jointly referred to the Labour Court for arbitration on the outstanding issue of the Terms of Reference. “The TUI believed given the rising levels of stress and anxiety a prolonged dispute may exert that a swift resolution via joint referral was in the best interests of all parties, particularly students

and staff.” The statement added: “Unfortunately, subsequent communications from the Institute did not confirm a willingness to agree to a joint referral on the basis the TUI outlined. “Therefore, the TUI, in order to seek a swift resolution to the current dispute has itself referred the dispute to the Labour Court under section 20 of the Industrial Relations Act. This should result in the dispute moving on to the labour court.” According to a statement issued by DkIT, the Institute can confirm that it has written to TUI requesting them to lift the industrial action with immediate effect following the decision made on Monday, February 15 by union

members to invoke Section 20 of the Industrial Relations Act and their agreement to a binding recommendation from the Labour Court. “Over recent days, the Institute has engaged extensively with the TUI and the Workplace Relations Commission to pursue a joint referral from the WRC Conciliation Service to the Labour Court, which was in the interest of both parties, so that the dispute could be resolved within the State’s industrial relations machinery,” said a DkIT spokesperson. “The Institute welcomes the TUI’s willingness to engage with the Labour Court to find a resolution to this dispute via the appropriate legal mechanisms. “The principal focus of the In-

stitute at this time is ensuring that students will receive their examination results as soon as possible now that the industrial action has been lifted.” He added: “This is a highly unfortunate situation which has been unduly challenging for students. The Institute has instigated plans to expedite the process for releasing examination results in order to avoid further disruption and remains committed to ensuring that no student is disadvantaged as result of this action. “Students will receive communications today (Tuesday, February 16) advising them on the revised timelines for receiving their examinations results and all support services remain available to Taidgh Kavanagh DkIT S.U President. the student body at this time.”

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Fitzpatrick gives hope to GAA fans after meeting with Sports Minister Independent TD Peter Fitzpatrick has revealed that he has spoken to Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers and been given assurances that the GAA is still considered an elite sport and that meetings between the government and the GAA will take place shortly to work on a roadmap to a return to play. Reports last week stated that there would be no Gaelic games activity – training or games – at any level, including inter-county, until Easter at the earliest. Those reports came after a meeting between the GAA and Irish government representatives including Jack Chambers. During that meeting Jack Chambers was reported to have said that inter-county Gaelic games activity were not covered under the current Level 5 exemptions for elite sports as the GAA’s elite status ran out at the end of 2020. However, following a meeting with the Sports minister local TD Peter Fitzpatrick said that he has been assured that the

Independent TD Peter Fitzpatrick and on right is Minister for Sport Jack Chambers. GAA is still considered as an elite sport and that good news with regards to a return to play was imminent. “I was concerned about the reports in recent days that stated that the GAA was no longer considered an elite sport and that it was

unlikely there would be any play before Easter so I organised a meeting with Minister for Sport Jack Chambers to find out exactly what was going on. He has told me that GAA is still considered an elite sport and that the government and Croke

Park are going to sit down shortly to work on a roadmap to get players back out on the pitch again,” explained the TD and current Louth GAA chairman. “I was very happy to hear that there is no change to the GAA’s elite status and that the situation isn’t nearly as bleak as what had been reported in recent days. I believe we can get the players playing before Easter and I would anticipate an announcement in the next week or so,” stated Deputy Fitzpatrick. “I think it is hugely important to get our players back out training and playing football. It has been shown that playing sports is very good for maintaining young men and women’s mental as well as physical health. I know that the players in Louth are raring to go and can’t wait to get back out on to the pitch and hopefully in the next week or so we will be given the roadmap from government towards a return to play,” added the independent TD.

Progress into Cooley burglaries Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has welcomed significant progress in the Garda investigation into a recent spate of burglaries in the Cooley Peninsula. The comment comes following the Dundalk Local Policing Meeting on Tuesday evening. At the meeting, Gardaí detailed figures relating to burglaries since the New Year and it was noted that there was a 167% increase on the same period last year. Cllr Watters sought a specific update on the current investigation into the five burglaries in the Rathcor area of Riverstown two weeks ago. The Gardaí advised that good progress had been

made on the cases and they were ‘following a definite line of enquiry’, following the identification of a vehicle involved in the incidents. It was also confirmed to Cllr Watters that Gardaí have been liaising with their counterparts in the PSNI in relation to the incidents. Cllr Watters said “This is very welcome news and I look forward to the Gardaí bringing all involved to justice. These burglaries were brazen and the perpetrators had no concern for the damage caused to property, theft of items or the threat to families and their daily lives. Let’s hope this issue can be brought to a Cllr Antóin Watters. close as soon as possible.”

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Catherine Allison & Co. Solicitors, Dundalk & Newry

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Solicitors, Dundalk, go from “strength to strength” following 20 YEARS IN BUSINESS

atherine Allison opened her Solicitors practice in Dundalk in April 2000 and celebrated 20 years in business in April 2020. Unfortunately, celebrations could not take place due to Covid restrictions, however, we could not let this occasion pass without a big thank you to all of our clients, staff and colleagues in Dundalk. Catherine is very pleased with the growth of the business and would like to extend her heartfelt thanks to all her clients and local business for their support over the last twenty years. She would also like to thank her team for their hard work in helping to grow the business so successfully and believes that by treating her employees well she ensures that they constantly want the best for the company and productivity is always very high. Catherine believes a happy, healthy working environment is especially relevant to the overall smooth operation of the business. Catherine is very much involved in team spirit and she along with her staff have enjoyed a number of activities together some work related e.g. courses on time management, mindfulness retreats, spa weekends. Catherine also along with her staff is involved with local charities and recently in December 2020 donated to The Peter McVerry Trust. See staff group photo when we had a sponsored Christmas Jumper day and walk to support this charity. She also regularly donates to St John of God and recently purchased a 72 inch Smart TV for their Blackrock hub which we believe has been of great benefit to the young adults with special needs who attend. See presentation picture with Catherine, Letitia, Donna and Roisin. Since opening the doors of her business when there was just herself and one secretary (and just one client on her books!) she has become one of the leading figures in the locality in her profession practicing in three jurisdictions, Ireland, Northern Ireland and England/Wales. Catherine states a lot of Irish Clients are also doing business in the U.K. and Northern Ireland and we have been involved in U.K. Insolvency, Purchases, Sales, Lease of Business Premises, Construction, Employer disputes, and defence of Personal Injury claims. On entering Catherine’s offices at 6 Roden Place, Dundalk you are met with stylish, comfortable and colourful surroundings which captures the essence of this young vibrant firm. The décor and modern spacious environment is certainly inviting and will help to make

any client’s visit to this firm of solicitors a more than pleasant one. We have three spacious boardrooms to meet clients for essential business and still practice social distancing. Catherine originally practised in a very large city firm of Solicitors in London for many years which was ranked one of the U.K’s leading property firms and she specialised there in commercial property for many years. Her practice now employs a staff of 13 employees, all of whom, coincidentally, are female! We were referred to as Sisters – In – “Law” by the Irish Times in their Article on Women in Business. Catherine’s staff are long serving employees with most of them working in the practice for over 15 years! The practice employs 5 solicitors, Catherine, Sinead, Annemarie, Grace and Emma, 2 Senior Legal Executives, Letitia and Kathleen, and our own in house fully qualified accountant Wendy. The office is also supported by experienced legal admin staff, Donna, Aine, Joanne, Patricia, Saoirse and not forgetting our lovely Roisin from St John of Gods who has worked with us every Monday for over ten years and who we all miss at this time due to the Covid-19 restrictions and hoping we can get lots of hugs from her soon when she is back to the office. This young dynamic firm practices in Property Law, to include Commercial, Residential Conveyancing and Company Corporate matters and act for many large Building Developers. This firm also holds a great reputation for litigation matters to include road traffic accidents, accidents at work, employment law and inquest hearings. Catherine has recently been involved in a number of high profile inquest mat-

Catherine Allison & Co. Solicitors, Dundalk & Newry 6 Roden Place, Dundalk, County Louth. Ph: 042-9320854 l Web: www.callison.ie Fax: 042-9320855 l E: info@callison.ie

ters and her compassion and practical guidance to the families throughout this delicate and emotional process is second to none. The firm also has a large Family Law practice and it’s reputation speaks for itself with the wonderful reviews that can be found on our social media platforms. Our feedback tells us that our family law department is extremely compassionate and practical, particularly, with Separation, Divorce, access and maintenance issues and clients will feel at ease discussing such personal issues. This firm excels in family law matters with it’s priority to protect the family unit whilst also protecting the parties’ assets which sometimes can include family businesses etc. and large property portfolios. We are in no doubt that with Catherine’s extensive business knowledge you can be assured that this firm will do all it can to preserve properties, existing businesses etc. for anyone who unfortunately finds themselves going through family law proceedings. Catherine Allison acted for Executor in the Estate for her good friend and colleague Conor Breen. She was appointed by the Law Society and confirmed by the Executor in March 2017 to take over the administration and wind up of the practice which was owned solely by Conor Breen at the date of his death. Catherine was glad to help Conor Breen’s dependent family in this process. All McDonough & Breen deeds are held by u s for safe keeping feel free to contact us and discuss your legal affairs. Or to make a new or updated Will, which service is offered to all former McDonough & Breen clients who held a Will. Catherine Allison is also a qualified Personal Insolvency Practitioner and

holds a PIP licence from the Insolvency Service of Ireland. Catherine has carried out insolvency work for over twenty years, originally in London and in the last twenty years in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Catherine also holds a diploma in Personal Insolvency Law awarded by the Law Society in December 2013. In September 2016, Catherine was appointed as a Duty Solicitor at the Repossession Court under the new Government “Abhaile” Home Mortgage Arrears Legal Aid Scheme for Dundalk and Monaghan and this entitles people in Residential Home Mortgage Arrears free government funded legal advice with us to include representation at the Repossession Lists and a state legal consultation to establish a Solution. We handle large volumes of Personal Insolvency Appeals to the Circuit Court and High Court where the insolvency arrangement involves the primary principal residence. Catherine goes above and beyond the call of duty to help distressed individual borrowers and business people to help debtors get back to solvency and save their businesses, and in particular, to save their family home and primary principal residence where possible. Catherine confirms that ongoing repossessions in County Louth are continuing at an alarming rate and there can be up to fifty cases in the court list at a time and there is no end in sight to the court lists as banks such as Permanent TSB and AIB Bank now are reported to be selling more loans to the socalled “Vulture Funds”. The government scheme, she feels, is a lifeline for people. IT IS FREE government funded and legal aid may be provide for subsequent Court work. They say you may not always get what you want but we believe with Cath-

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erine Allison & her team fighting for you, you will ! Catherine Allison & Co have saved at least 300 homes from repossession and this has helped to stop homelessness and banks or creditors repossession. If your home is in negative equity, or you are drowning in debt, Catherine is renowned as the woman to sort you out and get your life back on track and back to solvency. If your home is valued at €100,000 and you have a mortgage of €200,000, we have a great chance to have it written down to market value (i.e. €100,000 knocked off the loan so it is affordable) in a Court Insolvency Arrangement under the new appeal system. Legal Aid is usually available for such PIA appeals. Catherine believes it is of paramount importance that all adults, not simply the elderly, should have a Will. This is particularly so if they own property or other assets. Making a Will is a very simple procedure and not at all a costly one. A Will should be used as an opportunity to minimise tax liability for loved ones and other expenses associated with intestacy. It can ensure that the Will maker’s ultimate intentions are carried through on death and that any children and family left behind are adequately provided for. During the current pandemic we have prepared a large volume of Wills putting people’s minds at rest during this very difficult time and for the duration of the pandemic we are offering this service free of charge to all essential works and all O.A.P’s in receipt of state pension. If this is something you wish to avail of please telephone our office on 042 93 20854 while we still have availability. (Wills are held by us for safekeeping).

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Fitzpatrick seeks clarification on HSE’s temporary accommodation programme Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick has urged An Taoiseach to seek a truthful and transparent clarification from the HSE in relation to reports that positive healthcare workers were housed in two hotels in the North East. He described the mixed messages from the government and the HSE as ‘astounding’ and demanded that government officials get to the bottom of the story. “I want to raise with the Taoiseach a very important issue in respect of which

clarification is needed. Last week, my local radio station, made a number of claims in respect of the HSE temporary accommodation programme. It claimed that the HSE is using a local hotel under the scheme to accommodate healthcare workers who are Covid positive and those who are not Covid positive. It has also claimed that a healthcare worker who contracted the Covid virus while at work was told to stay at the hotel to isolate as they live with people who

are considered to be vulnerable. “Late last night, the HSE contacted the local radio station and confirmed that the incident it had raised was true. This is a very serious breach. We have healthcare workers who are putting their lives in danger for other people. They are being put in hotels with others who are positive for coronavirus. This is very serious so what can be done? I ask the Taoiseach to contact the HSE straight away and ask why its

representatives did not have the decency to come back to the leader of the country on this matter, especially if his Department contacted the HSE for an update. I am astounded. A healthcare worker contacted me during the week to say she is living with her vulnerable parents and she cannot afford to go out and self-isolate. People positive for coronavirus are mixing with those who do not have the virus. It is a complete and utter mess. Three or four weeks ago,

I asked the Taoiseach about a case in County Louth and I was promised by the Taoiseach that his Department would contact me in three or four days. It did not happen. That was before Christmas. This is very serious. Healthcare workers are being put in with others who have tested positive for the coronavirus,” concluded Deputy Fitzpatrick. In response An Taoiseach Micheal Martin stated that he would investigate fully the matter brought before him

by Deputy Fitzpatrick. “We need this matter resolved and reconciled. The Minister for Health is here and I undertake to have this investigated. The Deputy will be contacted about that investigation and be notified of the outcome. As I stated, this needs to be reconciled, in terms of what the actual situation is and what happened. Up to minutes ago, the HSE was saying it was unaware that two positive cases were going into that hotel,” stated An Taoiseach.

Fianna Fáil senator Erin McGreehan has welcomed news that an approval for the use of Muirhevnamor Community Centre as a temporary home for a gaelcholáiste in Dundalk now looks imminent. Once approval is granted, the school’s proposed patron, An Foras Pátrúnachta (AFP), is set to source a more permanent base in the local area. Senator McGreehan commented, “This is something that I have been working on for quite a while, closely with

the Minster for Education and her office. It has been a high priority for me as parents have contacted me wondering about their child’s possible education through Irish. “Once documents are received by the Minister and approved, I am very sure that a positive outcome will come.” The Louth Senator added: “I want to commend the hard work of all those involved and thank the Minister for her time in taking into consideration this pilot project.

“A priority for me is to push for improved Irish language provision in schools. I believe that gael scoilleanna are fantastic, however there is a geographic issue here. They are not accessible for every child. I hope we can begin to incentivise schools to improve Irish language provision in all schools. “By doing this, Gael Lú will be well populated and there will be plenty of students coming from primary into secondary who wish to be educated through Irish.”

McGreehan welcomes news of imminent approval for Dundalk Irish school

Former pupils from Colaiste Lú protesting in 2019.


BAR-ONE RACING LIMITED Our client is one of the major companies engaged in the betting industry in Ireland with its head office in Dundalk. Reporting to the Directors the position carries full responsibility for the production of management and year-end financial statements and dealing with day to day administration and compliance matters within the company. The successful applicant, whilst not necessarily qualified, must have extensive practical accounting experience within the SME Sector and possess good communication and computer skills. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please e-mail (reception@jonespeters.co.uk) or telephone for an application form. Applications must be submitted by 5 March 2021. Jones Peters, Chartered Accountants 6 Church Street Banbridge Co Down BT32 4AA Tel: 048 406 25427

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Fairways Hotel is location for local vaccination centre

THE Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed the location of the vaccination centre in Co Louth as The Fairways Hotel in Dundalk. The Louth centre is one of 37 vaccination centres across Ireland for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. There is at least one vaccination centre in every county. While currently vaccines are being administered in healthcare settings and by GPs, many people will be offered their vaccination in these centres, having selfregistered online. All of the centres vary in size and operating hours and have been selected based on population density, ease of access, transport and parking. The design and

Louth’s vaccination centre is at the Fairways Hotel. layout of the centres also incorporates learnings from the COVID-19 swabbing centres. It is important to note that the centres will be of different sizes and operating hours will be based on vaccine supply and catchment area need. Minister Donnelly said: “I would like to thank the HSE for their

ongoing work in developing these vaccination centres across the country. These centres will be ready well in advance of vaccine supply when they will be used as part of our programme. People can expect to see these vaccination centres ready and waiting in their county. “We have always said the vaccination

programme would only be limited by the availability and reliability of supply in these early stages of the programme. In the coming months supply will increase substantially and we will see these centres operating to full capacity and administering vaccines to the general population, following the Government priority list.” List of COVID-19 Vaccination sites: Cavan—Kilmore Hotel Dublin Rd, Killygarry, Cavan; Louth—Fairways Hotel, Dublin Rd, Haggardstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth; Meath—Simmonstown GAA Club Navan, Simmonstown Gales GAA Co Meath; Monaghan— Hillgrove Hotel, Old Armagh Rd, Latlorcan, Monaghan.

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Louth allocated €9.1m in road investment programme for 2021 County Louth has been allocated just over €9m in the 2021 investment programme for regional and local roads. The majority of the funding will go towards restoration and maintenance works but there is also money allocated to help increase road safety such as speed reduction initiatives and plans to improve cycle safety. Minister Eamon Ryan T.D. and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD announced details of the €555m 2021 investment programme for regional and local roads on Monday. This package will allow approximately 3,100kms of roads to be maintained and 2,450kms to be strengthened. Commenting on the announcement Minister Ryan said: “Our main priority in 2021 is the maintenance

and renewal of our existing regional and local road network. This type of routine maintenance is fundamental to safeguarding our road infrastructure and keeping the network in a good condition. We must also ensure that our roads are resilient against the deteriorating effects of climate change. Overall, €23 million worth of funding is being earmarked

for climate change adaptation and resilience works in 2021. This includes €15 million for new applications which continues the funding stream provided through the July 2020 stimulus programme,” stated Minister Ryan. €4.1m of the funding for Louth will be spent on restoration works in the county with the biggest project seeing €400,000 worth of im-

provement works spent on the Obelisk bridge near Drogheda. €144,000 will be spent on bridge rehabilitation works on local and regional roads while just over €300,000 will be spent on improvement works on local and regional roads. Local projects which have been earmarked include Long Avenue and Blackrock (Allocation €122,842), Hoeys Lane (€29,000), Castletown Cross (€13,000), Anne St./Friary School (€30,000) and Gael Scoil Dhún Dealgan (€5000 for road marking at school entrance in Muirhevnamor). Cyclists safety will be helped with €72,500 going towards cycle signs around the county while €9,000 will go towards new speed limit signage. There will also be €320,000 spent on drainage works.

Removal of alleyways will help tackle anti-social behaviour—Meenan DUNDALK Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Meenan has called for the removal of alleyways in Muirhevnamor as part of a plan to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area. Cllr Meenan told The Dundalk Leader that all of the alleyways in Muirhevnamor should be blocked up. “Some of the alleyways have been blocked up already and it has worked very well,” said Cllr Meenan. “The alleyways are congregating points. It’s a nuisance for people living nearby, especially those who have bedrooms above an alleyway. “They are used as cover points

for drug dealing and are used for the sale or use of drugs. Estates that don’t have alleyways have worked very well.” Cllr Meenan added: “We need to engineer our way out of it. We would get it done cheaper if it was a large contract. “When I raised this matter with the council, I got a luke-warm response. The area needs a regeneration scheme but this could be done in the meantime. “It makes sense because a lot of break-ins happen in this area and the alleyways make it easier so there is a security aspect as well as people’s quality of life.” Cllr Kevin Meenan.

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Light at the end of the tunnel—Ruairí O’Murchú W t s There is light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú says, pointing to Louth’s continued suppression of the virus and the fact that twice as many people will be vaccinated this week compared with last week. The Sinn Féin TD praised the ‘huge efforts and sacrifice’ made by people in Louth to bring the incidence rate down, with latest figures showing that Louth now has a 14-day incidence rate, to February 13, of 339.1. There

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were 42 new cases on Saturday and 437 new cases in the 14 days to February 13. Deputy Ó Murchú said: ‘Louth has, for the first time since the start of this third wave, moved out of the top three counties in the State and is now sixth on the table. It remains above the State average of 277.2 cases per 100,000 but the county has done incredibly well to push the numbers down in the last two months. ‘That has taken huge sacri-

fices in terms of people staying at home, not travelling, missing out on meeting friends and family. It has been really difficult but it is working and we have to continue to do our best to further reduce the numbers. ‘It is welcome news that negotiations are back on regarding the Leaving Cert. There have been issues with home studying and home schooling and we look forward to getting clarity on what format the Leaving Cert will take.

‘I also look forward to a plan for the graduated, full reopening of schools, taking full account of public health guidelines. I recognise that huge efforts have been made to get children through the last six weeks’. The Dundalk TD also pointed to the fact that double the number of people are scheduled to receive vaccinations this coming week, when compared to last week. He said: ‘The vaccine programme is being ramped up and

that is great news. And he pointed to the news that those travelling from 20 listed countries will have to quarantine on arrival in the State in new plans drawn up by the government. Deputy Ó Murchú said: ‘The government is moving to where they should have been, where we have been asking them to go, at long last. But we can’t have any more half measures. ‘It has taken too long, but we are getting there. We need to

see the sharing of data on those travelling onto the island from abroad and then crossing the border North/South. ‘We have not yet seen the promised progress from the government in this regard. We are still calling for further engagement by the Irish governmentW with the Northern Executive andg the British government from thet point of view of introducingF an all-Ireland or two-island re-s sponse to protect people from this pandemic’. G

Over 260 people log on to windfarm webinar

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OVER 260 people registered for the Oriel Windfarm webinar on Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm. The webinar was held to provide information to the community on the renewable energy project. Public representatives afterwards indicated that it was a very detailed briefing for the local community. The Oriel project will deliver 370 MW of clean, renewable energy. Enough to power 300,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 600,000 tonnes every year. The webinar included representatives from the project team, with both Parkwind and ESB on hand to discuss the onshore and offshore elements of the project. Among the topics covered in the presentations were local economic development, location of the project, community

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benefit, how the project will work with the fishing industry, how the project will lookt from around the coast and the plans for thed underground onshore cable to connect toI n the grid. “We had a great attendance on the we-p binar. The range of questions was broadt and it was good to be able to highlight the project benefits and also to address somes important issues,” said Oriel Project Man-a I ager Garrett Connell. “We had an excellent engagement withw the Q & A session which meant that we ranD t over time by about 40 minutes. “If anybody has further questions thatn they would like to ask I would encouragee them to get in contact with us by loggingt on to the consultation section on our web-a site, www.orielwindfarm.ie. We’d like toc e thank everyone who participated.”

Dundalk Credit Union link up with Peopl Insurance Dundalk Credit Union, has launched some of the country’s most eye-catching insurance products in partnership with Peopl Insurance. Fair, affordable and quality cover on Life, Home and Travel insurance are what’s on offer along with some of the most competitive policy costs in the country. Peopl Insurance is currently available in over 13 of the country’s largest Credit Unions and now in its third week of operation, is growing rapidly.

Customers can get an instant quote and cover, on the web, their mobile phone or through a dedicated call centre number (0818 293 449). Mr Billy Doyle, CEO of Dundalk Credit Union said “Credit Unions have always stood for fairness, and now we’re setting-out to establish “fairness” as the standard by which insurance should be considered. That’s why we are supporting Peopl, fair and affordable insurance that puts the customer first. Plus, over half of Peopl’s income,

after claims and running costs, comes right back to our members and the community through Dundalk Credit Union.” Dundalk Credit Union has introduced their members and the community to Peopl, starting with three new insurance packages - Life, Home and Travel. The new Travel cover is amongst the first in Ireland to re-introduce Covid-19 protection, and has no upper age limits. It offers total cover for all the family, re-

gardless of age and up to 6 children travel for free. The Life cover offers the longest terms you’ll find, provides cover up to 91 years of age, plus the customer can get an immediate quote and cover provided on the same day. Even better, the first month cover is free at Dundalk Credit Union. Their Home cover is truly unique. Peopl Insurance ensures that the right cover is obtained for the customer and ensures rates are very competitive by obtaining re-

al-time quotes from at least three of Ireland’s biggest insurers. Dundalk Credit Union members have the added assurance that policyholders’ rates are checked every year and the cost of home insurance doesn’t automatically rise year on year. The Peopl Insurance product range is also growing, with 9 new products slated for roll out over the next 12 months, including cancer cover, student cover, pet cover and more.

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Fires putting fire fighters lives in danger The Chief Fire Officer in Louth has warned of the dangers firemen face when tackling night blazes in the wake of a fresh spate of fires last weekend in the Cooley mountains. Eamonn Woulfe said all the signs indicate that the fires were started deliberately and he has once again appealed to whoever is doing this to think of the dangers their actions are posing to human life. Fire crews from both Dundalk and Carlingford spent two nights in succession tackling blazes in separate locations. On Thursday evening four fire engines were deployed to four separate fires close to Ballymakellet which thankfully weren’t close to any properties in the area. The following evening seven more fires were started close to the Long Woman’s Grave

where crews from both Carlingford and Dundalk were sent out to tackle the blazes. According to Eamonn these wildland fires pose a considerable threat to firemen especially at this time of year when it is so dark in the early evenings. “We would appeal to whoever is starting these wildland fires to please stop and think of the harm they are posing to our fire fighters. Tackling fires at night on rough terrain in mountain areas is very risky and can cause injury or worse still death to our fire service personnel. Thankfully these fires weren’t near any properties and our crews were able to deal with them relatively quickly but we may not be so lucky the next time,” warned the Chief Fire Officer for Louth.

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We can all work together to create a better and safer internet—McGahon

We can all work together to create a better and safer internet, a Fine Gael Senator has said. John McGahon, Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Communications was speaking last Tuesday on Internet Safety Day. Originally an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004, Internet Safety Day is now celebrated in approximately 170 countries worldwide. Senator McGahon said: “Parents, teachers and children all over Ireland should engage with Internet Safety Day, and work together to create a better internet for all. This year’s event is focusing on the theme of ‘Together for a better internet’ and it calls upon all stakeholders to join together to

Senator John McGahon. make the internet a safer and better place for all, especially for children and young people. “When Internet Safety Day started in 2004, we were dealing with very different issues compared to today’s world. We sometimes forget about the fastchanging pace of the internet and how quickly

it has evolved. With that pace of change comes risks and it is more important than ever to learn how we can make the internet a safer and more enjoyable place for everyone. “Internet Safety Day puts a spotlight on this and gives us an opportunity to reassess the approach that both parents

and children are taking in terms of ensuring children are safe online. “For example, parents are encouraged to understand Webcam blackmail and how it happens, how to deal with cyber bullying, and effective ways of cutting down on screen time. “Classrooms all over the country will be engaging with Internet Safety Day, for example running events on the dangers of Snapchat or tutorials on how to provide identifying details online. Children need to be properly equipped with information in order to be able to handle their lives in the online world. “Equally, teachers are encouraged to consider safety issues for live lessons and remote learning.


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Enterprise Week 2021 IWA in Louth calls on the Government to prioritise people with disabilities “For many business people, the last physical event they attended prior to Covid-19 lockdowns was a Local Enterprise Week event last March. While we may not be able to get together in person this year, our team have still planned an amazing programme of educational, informative and inspiring events for business people across the county.” Thomas McEvoy was speaking this week at the launch of the programme for Local Enterprise Week 2021. This busy programme of free events will run from 1-5th March and all events will take place online. “We are proud to partner with Dundalk Chamber, Drogheda Chamber, Network Louth, DkIT to host a selection of learning and networking events. We will tackle topics such as cybersecurity for SMEs, supports for start-ups, email marketing campaigns and website branding and digital marketing strategies.” Retail guru Miriam Simon will deliver a “Retailing in a Pandemic” seminar, outlining in-

Nicola Connolly Byrne and trainer Noel Davidson at Local Enterprise Week 2020. novative ways to survive business people can and thrive in this chal- choose to join events lenging environment. that are being hosted by Leadership expert our colleagues in other Joanne Hession of LIFT Local Enterprise OfIreland, will be the guest fices. Choose from topspeaker at the Network ics such as Going Green Louth Local Enterprise in your business, Lean, Week event, talking managing cashflow, inabout better balance in novations in AgriTech, busy lives. marketing for creative There will also be free businesses and so much business advice clin- more. It’s a brilliant ics covering everything line-up and really offers from general business something for everyadvice to Brexit and ac- one.” cessing finance. Thomas concludes, “Being online for “So while we might not Local Enterprise Week get to meet up for Local 2021 has opened up a Enterprise Week 2021, great opportunity for we most certainly are entrepreneurs. We are bringing information, teaming up with our education and inspiracolleagues all around tion to. Ireland’s SMEs. the country, who are all Visit LocalEnterprise.ie/ staging online events. Louth to see the full proThis means that, in ad- gram of events and book dition to our own events, your free places.”

Irish Wheelchair Association in Louth calls on the Government to prioritise people with disabilities in Covid vaccination plan, amid concerns over vaccine supplies. Irish Wheelchair Association in Louth has called on the Government to prioritise people with disabilities under its vaccination plan, as concerns grow over vaccine delays. The charity said that people with physical disabilities are at severe risk due to underlying conditions. Louise Cahill, from the Irish Wheelchair Association based in Louth said: “Many people with physical disabilities are at severe risk of Covid due to health conditions that could cause complications and hospitalisation, yet they have not been recognised as a vulnerable group by the Government. “The Government must also recognise that in the absence of regular day services, many people with disabilities have been confined

at home since the virus took hold last March, adding additional stress. People we support are eager to get the vaccine and are highly concerned about how long they will wait with vaccine supplies lower than planned. “At the current time, people over 65 in residential settings with disabilities are rightly getting vaccinated. Yet worryingly, those living independently in the community and being assisted at home in Louth and across the country are not. “This is a real issue. Our members have told us they are very keen to be vaccinated, but are concerned that they will be left waiting. With concerns about vacci-

nation supplies, we urge the Minister for Health to urgently include people with disabilities on the priority list to ensure their protection.” Irish Wheelchair Association is Ireland’s largest organisation supporting people with physical disabilities to lead active and independent lives and has 20,000 members. The association currently has 1,500 staff across Ireland visiting 4,000 homes each month, caring for individuals with disabilities, in their own homes. According to Louise Cahill: “In Louth, we have a strong team of frontline workers, who have been visiting people at home every

D p f t t o y w T w day since Covid arrivedn almost a year ago. We arep helping people get out ofp bed, get dressed, prepar-b ing meals, helping aroundt the home, making trips for shopping, the chemist and D with personal care. “Our immediate priorityp is to protect people with dis-f abilities and to ensure thatt the most vulnerable have allt the support they need whileo they cannot be with theiry family and friends. Ourw members have added vul-T nerabilities to the Covid-19w virus. They must be in-n cluded on the Government’sp vaccine priority list.” p For further informationb about Irish Wheelchair As-t sociation visit www.iwa.ie

There’s no business like snow business

Alice Jean McDonald is a snow angel in Cooley.

in Ardee Shawn Doyle and his snowman pal

Lauren, Alan, baby Eoin and Jamie McDermott in Ardee

Ravensdale. Sarah McEneaney’s snow family in

Emily McShane enjoying the snow in Cooley.

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NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (mention it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, where your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, dnot mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). D.W. NOVENA TO THE r SACRED HEART Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I asked you for many favours This time, I ask for this special favour (menltion it). Take it, dear Heart of Jesus and place it within ryour own broken heart, rwhere your Father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favours will be granted. (Never known to fail). L.M.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideals, you who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and You who are in all instances of my life with me, I want to thank You for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from You no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with You and my loved ones in Your perpetual glory. Amen J.C.

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McGreehan welcomes launch of Period Poverty in Ireland report Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan has welcomed the launch of the Period Poverty in Ireland report which was released last week. The Louth Senator commented, “Period Poverty is clearly a huge issue. It is very hard to think that people in this country are prevented from taking part of school or any normal activity as a consequence of not being able to afford sanitary products. “The report published today sets out in very clear terms the problem of period poverty in Ireland, which goes beyond the basic need for period products and associated hygiene, also including wider factors such as stigma, menstrual health literacy and gender equity.” Senator McGreehan also praised the work of


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Ann KELLY (née Matthews), Lady of Lourdes, Hospital. 9th ins, nephews, nieces, relatives (née Craven), brother Martin, sister Sinéad Duffy, brothers Oaklawns, St Alphonsus February 2021. Gerry beloved and friends. Road., Dundalk, Louth. Peace- husband of Imelda née Mc Monica (Mona) DALY (née in- laws, sisters in-laws, nephKnocknagoran, ews, nieces, uncles, aunts exfully, in the gentle care of Cabe, loving father of Andrew, Butler), Blackrock Abbey, 8th Febru- Ashley, Gavan and Neil, dear Omeath, Louth. Peacefully at tended family relatives, neighary 2021. Anne, much loved granddad of Megan, Clodagh, home surrounded by her lov- bours and friends. wife of the late James, loving Niall and Sadhbh, and brother ing family. Very deeply regret- Barbara FEGAN (née Hanley), mother of Deirdre and sister of Maureen and Charlie. Gerry ted by her husband Martin, Shore Road, Greenore, Louth. of the late Patrick. Anne will will be sadly missed by his wife, daughter Gráinne, sons Patrick In her 90th year, died peacebe sadly missed by her daugh- sons, daughter, grandchildren, and Declan and his partner fully in the gentle care of the ter, Deirdre’s partner David, daughter-in-law Sinead, An- Lynn, granddaughters Georgia staff of Carlingford Nursing brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, drew’s partner Erma, brothers and Abbie, her sister Aileen Home. Dearly beloved wife of nieces, nephews, relatives and in law, sisters in law, nephews, and husband Noel and brother the late Pat. Barbara will be Tony and his wife Gretta. Also sadly missed by her brothers nieces, relatives, and friends. friends. Michele CATALANO Dublin Augustine (Gussie) SHEE- by her brothers-in-law Michael Fergus and Tony, sisters-inRoad, Dundalk, Louth. Sudden- LAN Mountbagnal, Riverstown, and Brian, sister-in-law Jill and law Margaret and Mary, niece ly. Predeceased by beloved sis- Dundalk, Louth. Peacefully, in all her nephews, nieces, rela- Michelle (London), nephew Fergus (London), grandnephter Ines.He will be sadly missed the gentle and dedicated care tives, neighbours and friends. by his heartbroken parents An- of the staff of Beaumont Hos- Michael (Mick) BROWNE ew Thomas (London), cousins narosa and Vito, daughter An- pital, Dublin. Predeceased by Cherryvale Bay Estate, Dun- and friends. Her nephew Tony nyrose, nephew Luca, brother- his wife Patsy, brother Seamus dalk, Louth / Drimnagh, Dub- Jr. predeceased her. in-law Seán, cousin Isabella, and sister Rosetta. Dear father lin. Peacefully at his home sur- Mary McElroy (née Reilly), uncle Emanuele, little cousins of Paul, Jacqueline, Alan and rounded by his family. Beloved Ferdia Park, Ardee, Louth. Marco, Emanuela and Rosa- Shirley. He will be sadly missed husband of the late Betty and Peacefully at home Sadly by his sons, daughters, son-in- dear dad of Mickey, Neil, Jackie missed by her loving husmaria, relatives and friends. Bridget (Bridgie) Taaffe law Johnny, daughter-in-law and Deirdre, Predeceased by band Jim, daughters Amanda, Hunterstown, Ardee, Louth. Praima, grandchildren Amy, his wife, son Danny, brother Emma, Regina and Charlotte, Peacefully at Our Lady of Lour- Laura, Aoibheann and Peter, Tommy. He will be sadly missed son Brendan. Grandchildren des Hospital, Drogheda. Bridg- sisters Kitty, Anne and Marga- by his loving sons, daughters, Daniel, Molly, Elena and Emiet, predeceased by her sister ret, brothers-in-law, sisters-in- brothers Philip and Danny, sis- ly. Father Paddy. Sisters AnNancy and brothers Paddy and law, nephews, nieces, relatives ters Mary, Evelyn, Deirdre and toinette and Bridget. Brothers Patricia, sons in-law John Lucas Martin and Oliver. Partners John, will be sadly missed by and friends. her loving nephews, nieces, Edward (Eddie) SHARKEY and Martin Stewart, daughters Stephen, Danny, Gerard and extended family, neighbours Carrickrobin, Kilkerley, Dun- in-law Alice and Jenny, grand- Ronan. Brothers-in-Law, Sisdalk, Louth. Peacefully, in the children Michael-James, Mark, ters-in-Law. Nephews, Nieces, and friends. Niall Hayden Carrick Road, gentle and dedicated care of Lorna-Marie, Stephen, Simon, Relatives and Friends. Dundalk, Louth / Clontarf, the staff of Our Lady of Lour- Sean, Rachel, Conor, Aoife, Trevor Brennan The Belfry Dublin. Beloved husband of des Hospital, Drogheda. Belov- Gemma, Danny and Ryan, Apartments, Cobh, Cork / DunAnne née Meany, dear father ed husband of Kitty and dear great-grandsons Jack and Dy- dalk, Louth. Formerly of Glenof Brian, Áine (UK), Sarah (USA), father of Lorraine, Edward and lan, brothers and sisters in-law, more Park, Muirhevna More, Nuala. (USA), Joseph, and Hugh Martin. Predeceased by his nephews, nieces, extended Dundalk. Peacefully in the lovand grandfather of Fiona, parents Patrick and Katie and family relatives wonderful ing care of all at Cork University Hospital. Dearly loved fiancee Amanda, Ciarán, Tom and Max his brothers Jack, Tom, Peadar, friends and neighbours. and brother of Mícheál, Máire, Christy and Patrick. He will be Anthony FORAN Longfield, of Katelyn, much - loved son Éilis. Niall will be sadly missed sadly missed by his sorrowing Point Road, Dundalk, Louth / of Terry & the late Moira, dear by his wife, sons, daughters, wife, daughter, sons, son-in- Rostrevor, Down. Peacefully at dad of Leon & Jacob & adored grandchildren, brother, sis- law Larry, daughters-in-law Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. brother of Fiona, Sinead, Imelters, sons in law, daughters in Lynda and Suzannah, grand- Predeceased by his dad Walter. da, Pamela, John, Terry, Moira law, nephews, nieces, relatives, children Ciara, Éamonn, Alana, He will be sadly missed by his & Tara. Sadly missed by his Freddie, Maya, Rupert and loving family, daughters Emily, loving fiancee, father, brothers neighbours and friends. Gerry Callan Pearse Park, Jack, brother Barney, sisters- Ruth and Abigail and their ,sisters, extended family, relaDundalk. Peacefully in Our in-law, brothers-in-law, cous- mum Breege, his mother Sadie tives & friends.

Gardaí asked to introduce foot patrols on walking routes JPC Chairperson Sean Kelly raised the issues of safety whilst walking and dumping at Dowdallshill at the Dundalk Joint Policing Committee’s meeting last week. Cllr. Seán Kelly, made the proposal saying it would make people feel safe given the increased number of walkers in the area. He also highlighted an illegal dumping problem at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Dowdallshill which Sinn Fein’s Edel Corrigan had raised earlier this month at a Mu-

nicipal District meeting. Cllr Kelly commented ‘more then ever people are out walking along popular routes like the Navvy Bank, the River Walk and the Racecourse Road loop and in order to feel safe especially in evenings an increase Garda presence would be helpful.’ Insp. Liam Archbold gave a commitment to look at introducing the foot patrols on the Navvy bank and added they could factor in mobile patrols around the graveyard.

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Opel delivers strongest volume growth in critical January market Opel delivered the strongest year-on-year volume growth in the Irish passenger car and light commercial market, for the all-important month of January 2021. Re-entering the top ten sales podium, with a combined market share of 3.3%, the German brand saw a vigorous 73% increase on January 2020, in a year that promises to see a complete Opel brand renaissance. James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Opel Importer in Ireland, said: “Despite the contract in the Irish new vehicle market this January, we are delighted to report a year-on-year growth of 34% in our new passenger car registrations and an incredible 280% increase in our new light commercial vehicle sales. This performance, driven by strong retail demand, together with our


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inherent strength in fleet business, has delivered us a very strong start to 2021.” The Opel Corsa remains Opel’s best-selling model in January 2021 He continued: “My thanks and gratitude to the Opel Dealer Network; I commend our partners wholeheartedly, for their tenacity during these extremely difficult trading times.” The January performance success comes as Opel now embarks on a complete renaissance. Indeed, armed with a stand-out new style signature, a new logo and new, more modern corporate identity, 2021 will be a critical year for the brand when it will bring to market no less than 8 new models, also rapidly ramping up its electrification programme. The dashing new Opel Crossland has just ar-



rived in showrooms, the first in the range to sport the new Opel Vizor front face styling. The all-new 100% electric Vivaro-e light commercial, recently voted International Van of the Year 2021, arrives in February, together with its passenger car Zafira-e Life version. The excitement now builds for Opel, as Dealers await the all-important new Mokka, due in April. The Full Opel car & van range is now available at Blackstone Motors Cavan and Dundalk who are offering “Click & Deliver “at the moment. Just make contact with the sales team via www.blackstonemotors.ie and a member of the team will travel to you to demonstrate the model of your choice. The whole purchase can be accommodated without you leaving your home.





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Opel saw a vigorous 73% increase on January 2020.

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