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North-East to suffer hospital cutbacks By Niamh Kirk

COUNTY Louth is to suffer further cuts to health services the HSE announced this week. The cuts include closing 24 beds in Louth County Hospital, 10 beds in our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, agency staff will be reduced by a minimum of 50% and no overtime will be permitted with the exception of NCHD’s from September 1. There will also be temporary closures of 16 beds in tOur Lady of Lourdes Hospital. The cuts are being made to bring the Louth Meath Hospital Group in under budget as it is running a deficit of more than €20 million. These cuts are only the tip of the iceberg according to the Louth County Hospital Group who warned that fur-

ther cuts could be expected. At a meeting with senior management at the Hospital they were advised that there would be more cuts down the line, including cuts to the operating hours of the Minor Injuries Unit. . Tomás Sharkey from the Louth Meath Hospital Group said that if the Unions are going out on strike the people of Dundalk would be there with them and called for local Fine Gael and Labor politicians to resign in protest against the cuts. “The HSE are leaving us with one ward where they are putting palliative care patients with stroke recovery patients. It’s cruel to the patients and to their families. “ When former Health Minister Mary Harney closed Continued on Page 2

Ski resort rejected By Niamh Kirk

HSE cuts will affect patients in Louth County Hospital

Planning permission for a €430m ski and leisure park that was to be located north of Dundalk has been refused by an Bord Pleanala. Plans for ‘Altitude’ which was to be one of Europe’s largest artificial ski slopes were initially given the go-ahead by Louth County Council. But Louth Environmental group appealed, and last week the proposed development was rejected. As well as the synthetic skislopes catering for different skill levels, the leisure complex included a water leisure dome, indoor adventure centre with climbing walls, an interactive golf driving range and an Continued on Page 2


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North-East to suffer further health cutbacks

From Page 1 directed people alterna- da, which Mr Sharkey services in the Louth she tive services in Droghe- says, have now been undermined. The Hospital Group are also concerned about hygiene and infection control at the Louth Hospital as they have been advised that the offices there will only be cleaned every two weeks. The local councilor and long time member of the Louth Hospital Group called on Louth Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick and Labor Senator Mary Moran to resign in protest against the cuts. He said “Every single warm word form a

Fine Gael and Labor politician and been lies and our Fine Gael and Labour politicians should show some back bone and resign from their party’s in protest against these cuts. Peter Fitzpatrick is directly accountable for these cuts because he is on the Oireachtas Health Committee and meets regularly with Minister Reilly.” The Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick also expressed his disappointment with the cuts. He said that he was working with the Minister to get as many facilities into

the Hospital as possible and stated that the Louth Hospital would not close on his watch. He rejected the calls from the Louth County Hospital Group stating that he doesn’t recognise a “Sinn Fein organisation.” He said that he has arranged meetings with HSE officials and Minister Reilly to discuss the matter further. Senator Mary Moran, who was out of the country when the announcement was made said that she was ‘”completely shocked at the news and disappointed that the first I heard of it was in

an email.” She added that she needed clarity on the issue and would be seeking urgent meetings with Minister James Reilly on her return. A HSE statement said, “The Louth Meath Hospital Group as with all other hospitals, must comply with its statutory obligations and remain within its allocated budget. Every effort will continue to be made to do that in a way that has the least impact on patients and clients.” Thirty-three transitional care beds are being commissioned from private and public pro-

football team and the Melbourne St Kevin’s football team welcomed her on to the stage. After a brief chat with Daithi in which she dropped the bombshell that she is a keen Daniel O’Donnell fan, Claire proceeded to perform her party piece. After receiving a helping hand from Daithi to

remove her blue and red dress, Claire sporting a pair of shorts showed the Kerry host how to play Australian Rules Football. With her proud parents, Peter and Bernie watching on, Claire showed the audience how to kick pass, hand pass and how to ‘Mark’ an Aussie Rules football. Her routine was lapped up by the Dome audience as she left the stage to huge applause. Patricia aka Polly told Daithi about her job as a health promotion officer before regaling the huge crowd with a beautiful rendition of ‘At Last’. With the fun and excitement of the festival now over both girls lives can return to some normality with Claire returning to her adopted home of Melbourne last week while Louth Ladies footballer Patricia gets herself ready for an All Ireland Semi Final next week.

Louth Roses return home The Luxembourg Rose may have walked off with the Rose of Tralee crown but there’s no doubt that both Louth Roses can be proud of their efforts in the Dome this year. Claire Lynch, from Stabannon, who was representing Melbourne and Louth Rose Patricia Marmion both dazzled on stage as they chatted to host Daithi O’Se on stage

Claire Lynch in Tralee

last Monday and Tuesday evening. Claire, an Occupational therapist, left Stabannon for Melbourne in 2008 and this year became the first Melbourne Rose to qualify for ten years for the event. There was great excitement from her supporters when Daithi O’Se introduced her as members of the Stabannon ladies

RSA - Dundalk Pass rate 53%

Provisional drivers taking their test in Dundalk have a 53% chance of passing according to recent figures from the Road Safety Authority, just below the national average of 54.6%. Wide variations in the pass rate was reported this week with Kilkenny reporting a 39.7% pass rate, while almost 68% of those taking the test in Ennis were approved for a full license. The RSA have said that the variations trends in other countries and that there were a number of factors affecting the pass rates in different areas. Changes to the driver licensing system including mandatory driving lessons that began in April are expected to increase the number of people passing their tests first time round. It now takes approximately six months training with specifically approved driving instructors in order to pass the driving test. So the results of the changes to system will not be clear until November/December when the first learner drivers who have undergone the new training scheme will sit their tests.

viders and patients will be transferred to these beds come September. The HSE is currently negotiating with families on this. Senior Management at Louth Meath Hospital

Group are meeting with staff union representatives today and advising staff on the range of cost containment measures to be introduced in Louth Meath Hospitals.

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Burglar escaped over the Border A burglar who escaped from Gardai across the border after he was disturbed stealing goods from a house in North Louth appeared before the holiday sitting of Dundalk Court on Thursday last. Terence Maughan (32) with an address at Barrack Street, Dundalk admitted the burglary and also crashing into a patrol car and dangerous driving while making his getaway despite a stinger device destroying a tyre on the car the defendant was driving, the court heard. However, he was recognised by the Gardai and the next day all the missing goods that included a flat screen television, jewellery and a laptop were returned by the defendant’s brother. Maughan, a father of one, was

stated to have over 200 previous convictions, including one for a burglary early in July, for which he received a six months sentence at the local court , the severity of which he is appealing. He was sentenced to nine months jail. He was also banned from driving for three years. Bail was fixed to appeal in a sum of €500 and an independent surety of €1,000 or two of €500 or €1,000 in cash. Detective Garda James Kilgannon said that he arrested Maughan last Wednesday and charged him on the day of the court. He related that on Saturday, August 18t at Barronstown, Hackballscross a man disturbed another man burgling his mother’s home to which entry was gained by smashing a back window.

Proposed ski resort rejected Continued from Page 1 entertainment complex that included a cinema, bowling alley, cafes, restaurants as well as a 100 bed hotel and self catering lodges. The board found that the project was not compatible with the Smart Travel Scheme which aims to see significant reduction in travel by car by 2020. It was suggested that the complex would have required many of the potential 1.15 million annual visitors developers claimed would visit the site would need to travel by car, which would lead to unsustainable car-

dependant development. The Board also referred to the location being on a coastal flood plain as a reason for rejection looked to the proximity of the site to Dundalk Bay which Dundalk’s authorities have earmarked to highlight as an ornithological site of international importance and to attract visitors to Dundalk as laid out in Dundalk and Environs Development Plan 2009 – 2015. Innovative Leisure Systems are behind the proposed complex whose directors are former local Fine Fail counsellor Pearse Hanrahan and businessman Sam

The man was loading property into the boot of a car. Maughan failed to stop for the detective on his way to the scene, and also two of his colleagues, reversing at speed at the Long Walk into their patrol car, causing considerable damage. Detective Kilgannon said he encountered Maughan again at Red Cow heading north. He had to swerve to avoid his vehicle with the defendant driving the wrong way round the roundabout. A stinger device was deployed which damaged a tyre on his car, but he managed to cross the border. Peter Lavery asked the judge to give the defendant credit for assisting in the recovery of the goods, and his plea. He wasn’t in a position to offer compensation.

Curran. In a statement Mr Curran said the rejection was “deeply disappointing for me personally and for all the team after some five years research, design and above all, passion for this project.” He described the project as a ‘beacon of hope’ for the region and thanked local investors who shared his vision but now ‘face an uncertain future’. He also apologised to the people of Louth, Leinster, and the Island of Ireland for failing to secure an international hub for recreation and minority sports programmes. It was expected that ‘Alti-

tude’ would have created 1,200 full time jobs and 380 part time positions over seven years on the 32 acre site and would have been completed by 2016. He described the project as a “political hot-potato” but thanked Dundalk and Louth County Council for granting the application in the first place. Mr Curran said that the team have not given up on the vision they have for Ireland but that they ‘got the message from the people who do not want change”. If the developers want to press on they will have to resubmit for planning.

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Donated blood 100 times

Seals believed to have been shot Two common seals were found dead on Gyles Quay late last week and are believed to have been shot. The Irish Seal Sanctuary and local Gardai were contacted last week when a passer by made the grim discovery. There is a colony of common seals off the Clogherhead cost and the species is protected under Irish and European

Patrick Farrell from Ardee, who has donated blood 100 times in his lifetime. He is pictured here with Clinical Nurse Manager Eamonn Carroll, Donor AttendantsVeronica McArdle & Hilda Sherry Thornton at the recent Blood Donation Clinic in the Parish Centre, Ardee.

VEC appoint new Principal at Bush Post-primary School MR Kevin Joyce has been appointed to the position of Principal at Bush Post-primary School, Riverstown. Kevin takes over the reins from Teresa McKevitt who steps down at the end of this month (August 2012). Kevin is accompanied on the school’s senior management team by the Deputy Principal, Ms. Sinéad McDonnell. Kevin holds an honours undergraduate degree in technology education, as well as an honours post-graduate diploma in educational management. He also holds advanced technological certificates in carpentry/joinery. Kevin commenced his teaching career in 1991 teaching Materials Technology (Wood) and Technical Draw-

ing in Pearse College of Further Education in Dublin. In 2007 he was appointed to the position of Deputy Principal at the college, the post he will now be leaving to take up the top job at Bush Post-primary School. Kevin said, “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed to this important post and look forward to working with the whole community of Bush Post-primary School. I am honoured that the VEC has entrusted the leadership of Bush in me and my role as Principal now will be to ensure that the school develops the inherent capacity to respond to emerging challenges and opportunities into the future”.

Law. It is illegal to shoot the animals but if a seal is causing problem in an area, it is possible to get a special license from the department of National Parks and Wildlife to hunt the animal. However, the granting of such licenses are subject to strict conditions and are rarely granted. Even when one is granted, dealing with problem seals is supervised

and they must be put down in a humane way. The Department of National Park and Wildlife confirmed that they have no records of a license granted to shoot any problem seals in the Gyles’ Quay area. A representative from the Irish Seal Sanctuary was sent images of the two seals soon after they were discovered and believes that both were quite


young animals. She said, “ This is totally uncalled for. It is illegal and inhumane.” Gardai attended the scene but were unable to locate the seals and could not take their investigation of the reports any further. The Louth ranger from the National Park and Wildlife service will be following-up with an investigation.



in Brief Separated Parents

Next meeting is September 4 and 18. Contact Val on 085 7303609. Meetings every second Tuesday, at Social Services Building, 15a Clanbrassil Street.

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Dundalk Round Table are calling for support ahead of their Golf Classic in Greenore Golf Club on Friday September 14. The group relies heavily on businesses and public donating to help them help the needy.

The main fundraisers include the Christmas carol singing in Earl Street around Christmas time along with annual Pub Quiz every October. Round Table use the money donated from the public and generous businesses to purchase

150 food hampers, and distribute them with the help of members to the most suited from Womens Aid and the Simon Community. They also host a number of charity nights throughout the year to try and raise money to

purchase these hampers. The Golf Classic in the Greenore golf club is €200 per team for a fourball game and a golfer’s fry. There are prizes and music along with finger food in McGeoughs Bar from 8:30 that night. For

Glenmuir Academy Under 6’s started training this week .

Glenmuir Academy Under 7’s were also out on the pitch enjoying the remainder of the summer.

information contact David McGee 087 6602525 or call into McGeoughs for further details. Businesses who would like to support us but may not be around on the day can also contribute by way of a tee box sponsorship at €50.


in Brief Knock Pilgrimage

The annual St Padre Pio pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 16th September. For more details Please phone M Kennedy at 9331150.

James in for Young Farmer of the Year By Niamh Kirk

The Louth entrant to the Young Farmer of the Year was announced last week and Dunleer man James Hoey will go on to represent the county in the semi-final. James will be up against Ireland’s best young farmers from 27 other counties at the semis which is taking place in a number of locations nationwide this week. Six finalists will be chosen to go to the finals which will take place on September 4 in Kinnity Co Offaly. Tw e n t y - y e a r - o l d James is a member of the Stabannon Macra and is active in UCD where he got his degree in Agricultural Science. He will have some tough competition from the other counties who have put their best farmer forward. No Louth Farmer has won the competition in the past ten years. Macra na Feirme National President and

Louth’s entrant in the Young Farmer of the Year competition is James Hoey from Dunleer.

finalist in this competition in 2010, Alan Jagoe, said, “In the 14th Year of the competition, we are looking for outstanding young farmers who show innovation and business acumen in the running of their farm as well as a conscientious approach to farm safety. The competition is renowned for recognising young farmers who carry out all aspects of their work to the highest level.”


in Brief Keep Fit

St Patrick’s GFc activities in the Cooley: Keep Fit Boxercise with qualified instructor, every Tuesday night from 7pm to 8pm and Thursday nights from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. For all your supporters replica jerseys/tops ring Mary at 087 2709298 “

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Cllr Bellew to vote ‘no’ to cycle lane changes One local councillor has declared that he will not support proposed changes to the Chapel Street /Jocelyn Street Junction in advance of a special meeting next month. Cllr Sean Bellew says that having considered a report that outlined changes to improve the junction, he found that it does not go far enough to tackle the problems at the junction. He hopes that other councillors will take the same view. The Chapel Street Junction was tightened-up to encourage traffic to slow down and to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians. Large vehicles have difficulty accessing the street since the junction was built and the local authorities worked with the Fire Brigade to come up with a solution. The report suggests reducing the size of the footpath but Cllr Bellew says that this does

not go far enough as fuel deliveries may continue to cause havoc. The issues large vehicles experience was demonstrated last week when a clip of an Oil Delivery truck struggling to manoeuvre on the narrow street was distributed on social networks. It displayed the need for the truck to park off the main road so that other traffic could pass, thus preventing Chapel St from becoming blocked while deliveries are happening. The driver of the truck was forced to drive over the poles separating the cycle lane in order to get out. The plans also require the removal of a parking space near the Home Bakery, something that Cllr Bellew does not think is necessary. He suggests that the poles should be removed and replaced with the red-painted cycle lanes which he says will retain the


benefits of a cycle lane while improving access to the street. Responding to the trouble cars were having at the junction, the engineers report suggests that the size of the island should be reduced. But Cllr Bellew feels that it could be removed altogether as it has proved to be a hazard and would not be needed if the poles were also removed. He says that he hopes that his colleagues on the council will be persuaded by his proposals and reject the plans in favour of a more reasonable compromise. The meeting to deal with the issue is to be held in early September when local councillors will consider the proposals. The engineers report ends with other works that may be considered necessary, including bollards and footpath build-outs.


Over to you QUESTION: Do you bother watching the Rose of Tralee?

The late Joe McEntee.

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Philomena Lynch I wouldn’t bother with it at all anymore to be honest. I’m bored of it at this stage and I think it’s a bit dated really.

Mary Kelly

Grace Ryan

Philomena Reilly

Lucy McCann

I still watch it and enjoy it. I watch it for the fashion and the hairstyles and I’ll be interested to see how the Louth Rose gets on this year.

I’ve never watched and I don’t think I’ll start now. I think we’ve moved on as a society and the idea of these highly qualified girls standing on stage giggling and not saying much of interest doesn’t sit very well.

I watch it every single year without fail. I love al the glitz and the glamour and seeing all the girls from around the world.

I won’t watch it all as it tends to drag on a bit but I’ll definitely tune in towards the end of it to see the highlights and to see who won.

Radio tribute to Joe McEntee ‘For the beauty of our town’ is a radio documentary about railwayman Joe McEntee. Joe worked in the toolroom of the GNR up until the late 1950s and then worked in the Harp brewery. He grew up in Dublin Street and founded a boys club, a fife and drum band, a football club and put many motions to the Urban District Council for better living conditions for the young and old of Dundalk. In the documentary, Joe Martin who grew up next door to the McEntee’s on Dublin Street will remember

the St Joseph’s Boys Club and the clubrooms in Dublin Street and later in Anne Street (next to Handy Stores) that was home to the club during the 1940s and 50s. Joe describes the area of town known as the ‘Upper End’ - St Malachy’s Villas, Thomas Street, Dublin Street, The Crescent, Vincent Avenue, Stapleton Place and Mary Street South. As part of the programme Joe and the producer Alan Byrne called into Kevin Stanley in the Friday Boy’s School and the 6th class teacher Gavin Wynne.

You can hear the pupils practising how to play a tune called ‘The Last Attempt’ composed by Harry Whiting for the St Joseph’s Boy’s Band. The St Joseph’s boys football club was based in the Joe’s Park next to Oriel Park. Joe McEntee organised railway buses for changing rooms, built a stand and built a pitch and putt course at the road front. Joe’s rule was if you wanted to be in the club, you could not play with another team.

Joe’s workmates in the railway urged him to go up for election and he won a seat in the Dundalk Urban District Council in 1950. At each meeting Joe had two or three motions for the council for the betterment of young and old. In 1967, after he died, the council planted cherry blossom trees near the Friary Field and And the final question is if Joe were alive today what motions would he bring to the next council meeting ‘for the beauty of our town’?


in Brief IBTS Say Thank You

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) would like to thank all 236 donors who attended the Clinic recently held clinic in the Parish Centre, Ardee. A breakdown of the total figures show that 7 first time donors and 22 former donors attended the clinic The Louth community meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday, September 10 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.

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Residents angry Toberona Bridge still not repaired Angry residents in Toberona have accused Louth County Council of keeping them in the dark with regards to the re-opening of the Tuberona bridge. The bridge has been closed since early July following an accident which caused structural damage on the left side and has become a major inconvenience according to local residents. Mary Thornton who lives beside the bridge says that residents have heard nothing at all from the council since the bridge was closed in June. “We’ve been kept in the dark with regards to the re-opening of the bridge and we have had no official word from anybody in Louth County Council giving us an idea of what is happening. “To be honest it’s not really fair as this is an inconvenience for many residents in Tuberona. I’ve paid my household charge and it doesn’t seem fair that a basic service such as a vital link into the town centre and local amenities has been closed off for so long. “We all understand that the bridge is dangerous and needs to be fixed but all we are asking for is for a bit of communication from the council to let us know what is going on and how long we should expect to put up without the bridge.” Since the bridge closed local residents have been forced to use either

the Armagh Road or the road out to Brid A Crinn if they plan on travelling into town. However according to Mary neither of these options are ideal. “The Brid A Crinn road is overgrown and is very narrow which makes it very dangerous. Farmers tend to use that road a lot and the last thing it needs is more traffic. As for the Armagh Road route, it is extremely busy in the mornings and it is only going to get worse next week when the schools re-open. I actually work in town and rather than travel either of those routes I know cycle into work. Hopefully this can get sorted out soon” added Mary. Fergal and Elizabeth McGuigan echoed Mary’s frustrations saying that the problem will escalate next week once the schools re-open. “I work in Dealgan House which is just a couple of minutes drive from my house.” explained Elizabeth. We have a daughter that goes to the St Louis secondary school and during the school year I collect her at 3.50, bring her home and then head to work in Dealgan House at 4pm. Now that the bridge is closed this is just not possible. I have to go out the Armagh Road to collect her when traffic is at its worst and then go back in the Armagh Road to get home. That will probably take me the guts of forty minutes so I’m not sure what I’m go-

ing to do. It’s a nightmare.” added a frustrated Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s husband Fergal says that the residents would be willing to put up with this inconvenience if they knew how long they would have to put up with it but the lack of communication from Louth County Council was causing severe frustration in the area. “We’ve had no official word on when the bridge will be re-opened. We’ve heard everything from two months to up to a year so we don’t really know. I wonder if a bridge was damaged on the Newry Road or the Carrick Road if the process would take so long and would the contract be going out to tender?” asked Fergal. Paddy Donnelly, from Louth County Council admitted that the council could not say when the bridge would be re-opened but said that the bridge had been inspected and that a report had been carried out. “We have inspected the bridge and we there are works to be carried out on it. We now have to look at procuring a contractor to carry out the work and look at funding to see how much money we have to work with. It is very hard to give a timeframe as to when we think the bridge will be completed at this stage” explained the Louth County Council Senior Executive Officer.



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CBOI to perform in the Royal Albert Hall

Members of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) who attended the recent workshops in DkIT.

By Niamh Kirk

The members of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland are gearing up for their London debut in the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The inaugural London Peace Proms was officially launched at the Irish Embassy where Bobby McDonough, Ambassador to the UK, welcomed a 200 strong crowd of guests and dignitaries. Tickets for the event on October 12 2012 have just gone on sale but if the orchestra’s previous success are anything to go by, they will not be available for long. More than 500 people will travel to London this October to perform at the monumental choral and orchestral production, the first an Irish Orchestra will have delivered in the long history of the internationally renowned concert venue. The Director of the orchestra, Sharon Tracey Dunne started to work on the London Peace Proms two years ago when she met the management of the Royal Albert Hall, choral directors, media rep-

resentatives, potential sponsors, politicians and influential expats living in the city. To forge long lasting links between the youth of the UK and Ireland a choir made up of 1000 children from London Primary Schools was formed to sing with the orchestra. The participating children come from varied social, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Bishops in both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic church worked together to see as many London School Children had the opportunity to get involved as possible. A statement from the orchestra said of the London performance: “It is the culmination of 17 years work and a true representation of the CBOI’s mission to cross borders and unite people from different creeds and cultures around the globe. The orchestra’s debut at the Royal Albert Hall comes strategically after the Queens historic visit to Ireland and is viewed in

political and cultural arenas as a genuine gesture of good will and friendship between our two Nations.” The 100 plus members of the CBOI have just completed an intensive two-week workshop delivered by top national conductor Gearóid Grant along with leading instrumental specialists including Patricia Treacy, Grainne Thomas and Paul O’Callaghan. The workshops were held between the Dundalk Institute of Technology where the orchestra is resident and in St. Oliver Plunkett’s School, Blackrock. The opportunities offered by the CBOI are unique and unparalleled in any other national institution as they travel the world spreading their message. Ever inclined to have a major project running, once the London Peace Proms is complete the organisers will turn to their next major international performance – a return to Carnegie Hall, New York in 2014.

First electric charge point for Louth

A new electric car charging point has been installed at Louth County Hall, it is the first electric charging point in Dundalk and more are expected to be installed as demand for electric cars increase. The charging point is not subject to the one hour parking limit that was introduced as a part of the park and stride school scheme. A number of the County Council staff have hybrid cars and visitors to

Millenimium Building can use the charging point to top up their cars. The implementation of the charging point is an example of Louth’s contribution to assisting and developing more sustainable transport and there are more to come according to ESB. More charging points are planned for Clarke’s Railway station, Carlingford and Ardee. ESB aim to have 82% national coverage for

charging point and 820 points have been installed to date and are working with companies who buy E-cars and electric commercial vehicles. They also hope to see 2000 home charge points rolled out over the next year but this they say will be dependent on the sale of E-cars. Eelctric cars are still struggling to make headway in the Irish Market which has been domi-

nated by increasing diesel car sales. Sales of electric cars however did increase by 1.35% in July, but the 122 electric cars sold in Ireland this year means the overall market share is only 0.17% nationally. Hybrid cars however are proving to be slightly more popular with 0.78% of the market share and 550 units sold nationally since January.

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News VEC strive to keep down

in Brief

Louth’s Part in ‘Gathering’ Louth is playing its part in The Gathering Ireland 2013 - the most ambitious tourism initiative ever undertaken in Ireland with a target of attracting 325,000 new tourists to the country next year. In Louth, a steering committee has been formed to ensure the county fully grasps the opportunity presented by The Gathering which aims to tap into the huge Irish Diaspora abroad. The Louth community meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday, September 10 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.

back-to-school costs

Ahead of the start of the new school year Co Louth VEC has this week hit out at national survey results indicating the cost of sending children back to school saying that the figures quoted do not stack up in the case of its schools. Recent figures from the National Consumer Agency (NCA) revealed that average back to school costs stand at between €355 and €487 for a primary school child, and between €620 and €770 for a post-primary school child. A separate survey conducted by children’s charity Barnardos revealed that the average voluntary financial contribution in the case of post-primary schools is €125. CEO of the VEC, Dr Pádraig Kirk, stated, “straightaway, this figure does not apply in our schools. Unlike many schools, our schools do not seek voluntary contributions from parents. While we could seek such a contribution, our schools do not have a culture of it, we

Last Friday the Fane Bar presented a cheque to the staff and clients of St Mary’s Drumcar after a charity night held to help contribute to their funding. The money was raised at The Fane’s charity all stars tribute night at which there was a full house. Continuing with their nights in aid of local charities The Fane are holding another night in aid of a local charity on Friday September 7.

fully realise the financial strain that families already experience and we do not seek to add to that strain. No child loses out in any way as a result of our schools not operating a voluntary contribution scheme”. Dr Kirk said that, “the VEC is continually striving to keep back-to-school costs as low as possible for parents and we successfully implement a range of initiatives across our schools to this end”. By far the most expensive items are school books and school uniforms. The NCAs figures showed that books for a post-primary student typically cost €250. Dr Kirk stated, “All VEC schools operate book rental schemes. For an average of €50-€80 every student is supplied with all of their school books for the year. These schemes remove a significant financial burden from parents, and particular efforts are targeted by schools annually at ensuring the books are of a high quality”.



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Proprietors of Driftwood Books, Stephen Dolan and Stephen Mathews

Grand opening of ‘Driftwood Book and Gift Store’. Driftwood Books, a name already well known to book lovers in Dundalk, have added another string to their bow with the opening of a book and gift store which is located in their brand new premises at 4 Butterly Business Park on the Coe’s Road, Dundalk.

Driftwood Books was established in 2003 and during the intervening years have established themselves as one of the best direct sales book companies in Ireland. During this time they have operated a book club service in Dundalk and nationwide that the likes of schools, hospitals and

businesses have very happily availed of. Now the company is branching out with the opening of Driftwood Book and Gift Store in Butterly Park on the Coe’s Road and they will celebrate the birth of their new store with a grand opening which will take place on Friday 31st August and

Saturday 1st of September. Customers will be guaranteed Driftwood’s customary value and quality and to celebrate the opening of the new store there is an offer of Buy any 2 books/ gifts and get a 3rd Free (lowest value item free), the first 50 customers through the door on each day will receive a special Goodie Gift Bag and

there is a book worth €90 to be won over the 2 days. Driftwood Book and Gift Store is a joint venture by Stephen Dolan and Stephen Mathews who between them possess vast experience in the retail, book and gift trade. Driftwood specialise in children’s books, along with general interest such as hobby, cook, gardening and well being books, an extensive stock of which is carried in the new store in Butterly Park.


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tured cartridges with the same quality print guaranteed. With the new store ideally situated half way between the Marshes and the Retail Parks, customers

It also stocks a large range of gift items and stationery such as folders, refill pads, writing materials as well as a large stock of quality greeting cards for birthdays and other special occasions which will be available for a specially discounted €1. Stephen Dolan has successfully run the thriving business for the past ten years, and keeps himself fully up to speed with the trends in the business by attending trade fairs on a regular basis. He

purchases his stock from over 30 suppliers to ensure that he obtains the very best prices and quality for his customers. Stephen Mathews formerly ran his own Dry Cleaning Business and has retail experience with leading companies like Aldi and Boyd’s which he will bring to bear for the benefit of customers, as the two partners will personally oversee the running of the new store. The store will open daily Monday-Friday from 9am

to 5.30pm and on Saturday between 10am and 5.30pm. Customers can be assured of a very friendly, quick service on top of the best value for money. The early opening time will also allow parents the opportunity to come straight from dropping the kids at school. In addition to selling books and gifts the new store will also offer top quality compatible ink cartridges for ink jet printers and laser toners, with up to a 40% saving on original manufac-

will be able to drop in and pick up what they require and not be delayed for any longer than needed. All customers can also avail of the free parking on offer outside Drift-

wood’s new premises in Butterly Park . So if you want to check out all these offers for yourself make your way down to Driftwood Book and Gift Shop

for their Grand Opening this Friday and Saturday the 31st and 1st of September. For further details call Stephen at 042 933 2902.

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The halls of Castletown Girls School were full of fun and laughter as 36 primary school students took part in a summer camp run by the school last week. According to Sabrina McArdle, a teacher in the primary school, the idea of the summer camp was to improve the children’s literacy

and numeracy skills in a fun and active way. “We’re trying to bring on the children’s numeracy and literacy skills but doing so in a fun environment that will encourage the children to take part. We have had treasure hunts, dance drama, P.E, music and maths and English ac-

“Down with Blood Pressure” ‘Down with Blood Pressure’ was the message from Don, Rob and Ben Morgan, sons of late comedian Dermot Morgan, as they launched the Irish Heart Foundation’s September Heart Month campaign to the nation. Inspired by their father’s death from heart attack 14 years ago, the trio embraced the ‘Father Ted’ spirit outside government buildings as they encouraged Irish adults to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and get their blood pressure checked. The Irish Heart Foundation is driving awareness among adults that the only way to know you have high blood

tivities which the children have really enjoyed.” explained Sabrina. The summer camp which lasted a week was enjoyed by 36 children aged between 5 and 11. On Friday the children were entertained by magician Brendan Lambe as he wowed the excited crowd with magic tricks.

pressure is to get it checked. To drive home this vital health message, the Foundation is launching a national blood pressure mobile roadshow offering free blood pressure checks at more than 50 locations nationwide including selected Lidl Janet Ofari, Jessica Shermain and Ibi Akigbougan stores and community groups in Louth. The roadshow manned by Irish Heart Foundation nurses, will be visiting: LIDL, Dublin Road, Ardee, Co. Louth September 4 10am – 1pm and The North Dundalk Family Support Hub, Riverwell Community Building, Riverwell Close, Toberona, Dundalk, September 4 3pm Ashling McCabe, Kate Copas, Nicole Casey, Rachel Moran – 6pm.

Kerry Carroll and Chloe Dollard

Nicole Sherman, Sarah Rowe and Ashling Smith


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Going for Gold Reading Challenge

ls. Kim and Ella Poole with their meda

alk Library. Lesley and Leanne English at Dund

Children gather round at Dundalk Library to receive their medals and prizes for completing this years Going for Gold Reading Challenge. The challenge saw an unprecedented number of children taking part this year, with over 200 children participating in the challenge through Dundalk Library alone.

Leanne English shows off her medal for completing the Reading Challenge.

Osas Eghaghe showing his medal for completing the Reading Challenge.

Alanna Finnegan shows off her medal for completing the Reading Challenge.

Paddy O’Callaghan with his medal for completing the Reading Challenge.

Darren and Roland Agulonu, with David and Daniel Nwanolue proudly show their medals.


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Laughter Gala in aid of Dundalk Football Club Some of the country’s top comedians will have them rolling in the aisles in an effort to make sure they’ll be roaring in the stands of Oriel Park next season. Ardal O’Hanlon, Bernard O’Shea and Eric Lalor are among the stand-up comedians who are giving their time to get people laughing for the Lilywhites. Local comedian Colum Mc Donnell organised the line-up which would be impressive at any of the top comedy festivals. The event was organised by the Save Our Club group who are continuing their efforts to ensure Dundalk FC gets on a financially more sure footing. While an agreement between a consortium consisting of Dundalk FC Trust and the clubs long-time sponsors FastFix is in place, the club has a long way to go before they reach financial security. “ We are better off than we were two weeks ago,” says Richie O’Connor PRO for Save Our Club,“but there is a lot more to be done and we need to keep up the fundraising efforts. If anyone out there has any ideas for fundraising or wants to get

Ardal O’Hanlon.

Colum McDonnell.

involved it would be great, just contact us with some ideas.” Richie siad there has been an immense show of support from the local community. “People have been lodging money into the bank almost every day,” he said. A lot has been done but there’s

a lot more to do to ensure that Dundalk FC will continue and the Save Our Club endeavour continues in the Crowne Plaza this August 30 at the Lilywhite Laughter Gala. Tickets on sale from Oriel Park, Jimmy’s Park St, Boggers Ardee, the Delistore and Murphy’s Jewllers.



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Turas to ‘entertain’ on fund-raising day

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Turas, the not-forprofit counselling service, is holding its annual street collection on Thursday September 6. But it’s a collection with a difference as a number of Dundalk bands are going to provide entertainment at Market Square to help encourage people to donate. Dundalk Cricket Club are also going to be batting and bowling as they demonstrate the skills that saw them unbeaten and jump two divisions in just one season. Recently Turas has seen an increase in the demand for their services and funding has become


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Race Day At The Stadium A race day in honour of the security and emergency services will take place at Dundalk Stadium on Sunday September 2012. Tickets available for all security and emergency services personnel to attend alongside their families. Please contact Dundalk Stadium to request your tickets on 9334438.

a critical issue. The group who are dedicated to the care of dependant substance abusers through individually focused and user- friendly services, are hoping for support. Turas and Dundalk Simon Community have recently launched the Community Alcohol Detox Programme which gives users access to a detox team that includes a local GP, a practice

nurse, a counsellor and an outreach worker. A marquee will be in place at Market Square that will provide information on all the support that the service offer. Carmel from Turas said “this should be a Fun Day for all and Turas would like to thank the people of Dundalk for their continued support in these increasingly difficult times.”

legal notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF TRANSFER OF ON LICENCE. AN CHUIRT DUICHE (The District Court) District Court Area of Dundalk District No. 6 IN THE MATTER OF: THE INTOXICATING LIQUOR ACT, 1833-1962 AND IN THE MATTER OF: THE LICENSING ACTS 1833 TO 2004 AND IN THE MATTER OF: THE LICENSING ACT (IRELAND) 1874, AS AMENDED BY SUBSTITUTION IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE COURTS (NO. 2) ACT 1986. AND IN THE MATTER OF: THE LICENSING (IRELAND) ACT 1833, SECTION 6 AND IN THE MATTER OF: THE DISTRICT COURT RULES 1997, ORDER 79. AND IN THE MATTER OF: AN APPLICATION OF ANTHONY MACGUINNESS Applicant TAKE NOTICE that an Application will be made to the Judge of the District Court sitting at the Courthouse, Dundalk within the District Court area aforesaid on the occasion of the annual Licensing District Court to be held on the 27th day of September 2012 or the adjourned sessions thereof on behalf of Anthony MacGuinness of Old Golf Links Road, Blackrock, Dundalk, in the County of Louth for a Certificate of transfer of the Ordinary 7-Day Publican’s Licence attached to the premises known as Cheers Bar, 99 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, in the County of Louth and District Court Area aforesaid. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that Application will be made at the same time in accordance with the provisions of Section 30 of the Intoxicating Liquor Acts 1927 for a transfer of the said Licence free and discharged from any Endorsements against or records of offences committed by the former Licensee. Dated this 24th day of August 2012 BRIAN BERRILLS & COMPANY, Solicitors for the Applicant, 5 Francis Street, DUNDALK. TO: The District Court Clerk, District Court Office The Courthouse, Dundalk, Co Louth. AND: The Superintendent, An Garda Siochana, Dundalk, Co Louth. AND: The Chief Fire Officer, Louth County Council, County Offices Dundalk, Co Louth.

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legal notice AN CHUIRT DUICHE (THE DISCTRICT COURT) District Court Area of Dundalk District No. 6 PUBLIC DANCE HALLS ACTS, 1935 TO 2003 TAKE NOTICE that Charlie Coyle of 10A, Earl St. Dundalk County Louth will apply to the Annual Licensing Court sitting at District Court, Court House Crowe Street Dundalk County Louth on Thursday 27th September 2012 at 10.30 a.m. for renewal of an annual Public Dance Licence in respect of the premises formerly known as ‘Whispers’ and now known as “The Square Bar” situate at Earl Street/Market Square Dundalk in the Court Area and District Aforesaid. Dated 21st day of August, 2012 CATHERINE ALLISON & CO Solicitors for applicant Roden Place, DUNDALK To/District Court Clerk Courthouse, DUNDALK The Superintendent An Garda Siochana Crescent Barracks DUNDALK Chief Fire Officer Dundalk Town Council Town Hall, DUNDALK Town Clerk Dundalk Town Council Town Hall DUNDALK

and mental problems. Depression, anxiety, bereavement, addiction, relationships etc. Dundalk appointments. 086-8826483 TWO MEN & A TRUCK. Household/ Office removals. Light haulage. Any job considered, keen rates. Tel: 087 9525557. PLAYPALS CHILDCARE 43 Dublin Road, Dundalk. Places now available. Drop-in, day care, after school. FETAC Level 5. Contact Maria 086-1043570 or Susan 087-7530315 I.E.T.C. (Integrated Energy Therapy) Can aid/relieve muscular and seletal aches and pains, reduce stress, aid with sleeping orders etc. Other treatments - reflexology, deep tissue massage, aromatherapy, reiki sechium. Contact Paul Levins 0863446944 G.H Bathroom Refits. Special offer. Sink, toilet, (bath or shower tray and door) 24 yards tiles, adhesives, grouts, trims supplied & fitted. Contact Gavin 086-8920404 LOST AND FOUND LOST: Silver Ring on Clanbrassil St North – of sincere sentimental value, if found please contact Dundalk Leader. SITUATIONS VACANT/WANTED CLEANER WANTED one day a week for small house, town centre Dundalk. Good rates. Tel: 087 6815596. GRINDS English and French Grinds available with SEC examiner, fully qualified and practising 2nd level teacher and lecturer at 3rd level on a one to one basis. classes tailored to meet needs of the individual and include coaching in exam technique. Contact 08 6-1724892 for details. Limited spaces available. L.C. & J.C. German, Business, Accountancy, Maths & Resource Grinds. Qualified and experienced teacher. Reasonable rates, weeknights & weekends. Call Lisa 087 9158162

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01/09/2012 roku rozpoczyna się kolejny rok szkolny.Tej jesieni polskie dzieci z Dundalk i okolic mają szanse uczyć się w Polskiej Szkole w naszym mieście. Pomysłodawczynią i założycielką tej placówki jest Sylwia Gołębiowska- Jakubaspedagog specjalny. Poprosiłam ją o kilka informacji. EWA- Skąd pomysł na utworzenie szkoły w Dundalk? SYLWIA - W mieście jest liczna Polonia. Wielu rodziców chciałoby, aby jego dziecko uczyło się w Polskiej Szkole. Nie każdy jednak mógł dowozić dzieci do innych miejscowości. Dzieci potrzebują także kontaktów z rówieśnikami. W tej szkole, będą mogły poznawać i posługiwać się poprawna polszczyzną. Innym powodem jest migracja ludzi. Niektóre z tych dzieci być może wrócą do Polski. Dzięki nauce języka polskiego tutaj, będą miały szansę na osiąganie sukcesów w polskim systemie oświaty. EWA- Z jakiego programu bedą korzystać nauczyciele? SYLWIA- Szkoła będzie realizowała autorski program nauczania, uwzględniający podstawę programową dla Szkól Polskich. Kończąc naukę w każdej klasie, będziemy wystawiać świadectwa. EWA - Z zakresu jakich przedmiotów dzieci będą mogły zdobywać wiadomości ? SYLWIA - Zamierzamy realizować program z j. polskiego, historii, matamatyki, elementów geografii i przyrody. Bedziemy zapoznawać uczniów z kulturą i sztuką Polski. Prowadzone będą rownież zajęcia z religii. EWA - A jak wygląda sprawa zajeć dodatkowych? SYLWIA - Na początek proponujemy zajęcia plastyczne,

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fotograficzne, muzyczne i logopedyczne. Mamy nadzieje, że z biegiem czasu poszerzymy naszą ofertę. Chcemy również wyjść z propozycjami dla rodziców naszych uczniów i osób nie związanych ze szkołą. EWA - Kiedy szkoła rozpoczyna swoją działalność? SYLWIA - 01 września (sobota) zapraszamy dzieci i rodziców do budynku VEC - jest to lokalizacja szkoły. Będzie to spotkanie informacyjne. Wszyscy zapoznają sie z nauczycielami i pomieszczeniami szkolnymi.Spotkamy się w godzinach 1012. Uroczyste rozpoczęcie roku szkolnego nastapi w sobote 08/09/12 o godz. 9. 30. Następnie rozpoczną się pierwsze zajęcia. Ich zakończenie planujemy na godz. 15.00. Dzięki uprzejmości właścicieli sklepu ‘’ Krakowiak”, przewidywany jest poczestunek. EWA- Mam jeszcze wiele pytań, ale nie ma możliwości , żeby tą drogą przekazać wszystkie informacje. Gdzie możemy zatem je zdobyć? SYLWIA Wszystkich zainteresowanych odsyłamy do odwiedzenia strony internetowej oraz profilu szkoły na Facebooku.Informacje możemy takż e zdobyć pisząc na adres poczty lub telefonicznie - pod numerem 085 22 69 45 63 00. EWA- Serdecznie dziekuje za rozmowę. Mam nadzieję , że jeszcze do niej kiedyś wrócimy. SYLWIA - Również bardzo dziękuję za możliwość powiedzenia kilku słów o szkole. Jeszcze raz serdecznie , w imieniu swoim i pracowników szkoły, zapraszam do naszej placówki. Z Sylwią rozmawiała Ewa Toporek.

Weekly Quiz

Television What is John Logie Baird’s most famous creation? Irish Literature Who wrote The Borstal Boy? Trade Marks Which American film company has a roaring lion as its symbol? Nature A Joey is the young of what animal? Bible Who led the Israelites into the land of Jericho? Baddies In the James Bond book and movie, what is Goldfinger’s first name? Ireland The Saltee Islands are off the coast of what Irish county? Radio What RTE drama series featured a bad

tempered cook called Mrs Doyle? Food Webbs Wonderful and Winter Density are varieties of what type of vegetable? Local Where in Dundalk was the Victoria Bar? This Week’s Stinker In the last ever episode of Dad’s Army, which two characters got married to each other?

—this week’s answers— 1. Television 2. Brendan Behan 3. MGM 4. Kangaroo 5. Joshua 6. Auric 7. Wexford 8. Harbour Hotel 9. Lettuce 10. Barrack St – it was later known as The Nest. Stinker – Corporal Jones and Mrs Fox.



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Dance Kids Stage School classes resume this Saturday September 1 in preparation for their annual Christmas show which will take place in December. Dance Kids classes are an excellent way to learn dance, drama and song in a fun environment. New members welcome for Saturday classes 11:3012:30 for 4-7years, 12:301:30 for 8-11years, 1:302:30 for 12+ years. For more information contact Freda on 042 9339797. Faces from the Past “Faces from the Past” – Merchant Seamen from the Cooley Peninsula in the early 20th century. Exhibit on show until Thursday August 30 in the The Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford. David Snook will return to close the exhibit at 3.00pm this coming Thursday August 30, the exhibit closes at 5 pm the same evening.

Man convicted of intimidation on three occasions A 48-year-old man convicted of intimidating on three occasions a witness in a case, was further remanded on bail to October 10 for sentence to be finalised.

Oghenero Mcjyn formerly of 44, Drive 2, Muirhevnamor but stated to be residing at 597, Ashling Park denied the offences but was found guilty in April last when the evi-

dence was heard. Judge William Hamill deferred his decision, adjourning the charges to last Thursday’s sitting of Dundalk Court for a probation and community

service report on him. He was told by defence solicitor Frank McDonnell the report couldn’t be concluded because the defendant’s status in the country was somewhat un-

certain. An application to remain in the country was pending and a decision wouldn’t be made pending a family law matter at Dundalk Court on September 28th.

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Mazda have just announced details of the new face-lifted Mazda MX-5 which features a host of interior and exterior nips and tucks to both the hardtop and the soft-top models. There have also been a number of mechanical and electronic improvements including a new ‘active’ bonnet that automatically rises if a pedestrian impact is detected. This

provides immediate space under the bonnet to absorb impact energy and soften the blow. On the outside the face-lifted MX-5 has a new front bumper design to give it a more aggressivelook. There is a new grey exterior colour available, as the former Metropolitan Grey is replaced with Dolphin Grey. And on the inside, panel décor and matching steering wheel spokes

have been upgraded. On the mechanical side – the throttle movement, and the degree to which the accelerate pedal is pushed, are now controlled separately (on manual transmission models). This increases the feeling of linear acceleration, and gives the driver even more control when accelerating from low down the rev band. This combined with a revised vacuum brake-booster that

optimizes brake return control, which is especially beneficial when the driver brakes upon entering a curve. The new acceleration control then kicks-in when the driver lets off the brake and steps on the accelerator again. Taken together, these two new upgrades make braking more controllable, acceleration after braking smoother and makes it easier for the driver to reach the desired vehicle speed after braking.


Sitting between the Fabia and the Octavia models the new Skoda Rapid is due to be launched early 2013. There will be five petrol and two diesel engines focusing on low CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency. The compact Skoda Rapid hatchback is targeted directly at families looking for an accommodating step up from the family hatchback at an afford-

able price. With a small footprint (4.48 metres long, 1.7 metres width) the Rapid is designed to five occupants and their baggage in a small package. Skoda is also hoping to draw buyers away from the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf with emergence of the Rapid, which shares its platform amongst other things with the new SEAT Toledo. It maybe

marketing speak but the Skoda Rapid is the first car ever to fully feature the brand’s newly formulated design language. “This is a car that gives out a clear statement at first glance: clear, precise, fresh and emotional,” says Eckhard Scholz, Skoda board member for technical development. According to Skoda’s CEO Winfried Vahland, “This is a mod-

el which sets benchmarks in the compact saloon segment: The Skoda Rapid is a roomy, elegant and at the same time an affordable car for the whole family, impressing with clever solutions, cutting-edge technology and high economy. In short, it is a car permitting mobility in a comfortable, reasonably priced and environmentally friendly package. The right car at the right time”.



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