There was disappointment that Louth County Councillors refused (by a 16 to 7 vote) to contravene their Development Plan to allow for the building of a Factory Outlet Centre at Ballymascanlon that had the potential to create 400 jobs. The developers resolved to bring an appeal against the decision to An Bord Pleanala as they argued that there was a need for the facility.
The sod was turned on the new Alzheimer Centre on the grounds of the Louth County Hospital in April, 1989 and it was hoped that the badly needed Centre would be opened within a year, while Seanor Edward Haughey returned to the school that gave him his secondary education, Colaiste Ris to donate a new computer room. He told pupils that he was 'proud to be born and educated in Dundalk'.
The jobless figure in Dundalk had fallen below the 4,000 mark for the first time in many years when in April, 1989 it was announced that 3,900 people were out of work, a drop almost of 500 on the previous year's figure.
There was delight in April, 1999 that a 16-year-old Dundalk girl, Deborah McGuinness from Castletown was selected on the Irish girls under-16 team that beat Wales and Scotland, but lost to England and America, while in the same month Chief Supt. Michael Finnegan was appointed Division Chief for the Louth-Meath area. He had previously served in Dundalk.