LOCAL Councillor John Sheridan has queried when the government will recommence funding eHubs in local villages to facilitate more people working remotely in local villages and helping renovate local derelict properties. He has also queried if the Bank of Ireland Building in Dunleer could become an eHub.
“Before the pandemic, I campaigned on the issue of eHubs and working from home as an alternative to commuting. We saw in the pandemic that remote working has been a game changer for towns and villages outside Dublin particularly with new food and coffee outlets springing up. There are many villages which have community halls and many other vacant buildings. We even now have the vacant Bank of Ireland in Dunleer which has potential for a new phase as an eHub. Having workers in eHubs also allows people have the human contact of other people, but without the need to go to Dublin five days per week. Its terrible now with the closure of Bank of Ireland that we have a derelict building in the centre of Dunleer.
“With the return to offices and increased traffic, we see commuting has recommenced in a big way. This is slightly disappointing and just shines a light that more people need to be allowed flexible working and/or state provision of safe eHubs for people to work in local villages. There were grants for eHubs in local villages prior to the pandemic to establish safe and secure work spaces in community halls or shared spaces. I have asked the Minister for Enterprise for an update on eHubs and their funding. I look forward to hearing from him”
“Separately, I welcome the new tax deduction in the budget for working from home, where taxpayers can claim for 30% of their vouched expenses for the days they spend at home. Its a very progressive step and will hopefully encourage more people to work from home.
“Research this week published by McKinsey in the past month suggests people are deciding to move jobs post pandemic. 65 percent of people in the research said where they live was a factor in their choice of job. There is a concept of “location agnostic” roles, and the more companies offer remote working that will actually be a competitive advantage in supporting employees and attracting employees. “
Cllr Bernie Conlon also raised the issue of the bank in Dunleer recently, with concerns about the ATM paramount
Renewed appeal after accident
An Garda Síochána in Ardee are renewing their appealing for witnesses in relation to a serious injury road traffic collision that occurred on the N2, Edmonstown, Louth on the evening of September 11, 2021 shortly before 8.30pm.
The collision occurred between a motorcycle and a car in the vicinity of Dooley’s Pub and Restaurant in Edmonstown, Co Louth.
The motorcyclist, a man in his early 20s, received critical injuries and passed away on September 13, 2021.
Saturday September 11, 2021 was the same day as the All Ireland football final between Mayo and Tyrone and it is likely that many Tyrone spectators would have been using the N2 returning from the game.
Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was travelling on the N2 on Saturday September 11, 2021 between 8pm and 8.30pm and who may have witnessed this collision to come forward.
In particular Gardaí are appealing to any road users who may have camera footage, including dash cam footage, covering the N2 near Dooley’s Pub and Restaurant between 8pm and 8.30pm to make this available to Gardaí.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Ardee Garda Station on (041) 6853222, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.
That Shanlis junction
IT was good to see the Shanlis Cross junction raised again at the area council meeting. It is proving to be a real headache as it’s a four-way stop, but it doesn’t work that way. It was paid a visit by the engineer and he could see the slow markings but there is a crest as drivers approach the junction and the N52 road may need more signs to try and resolve the issues.
Waste ‘dumped’ in Annagassan
SOMETIMES a place becomes too popular and that can lead to major issues - just as the locals in Annagassan. During the summer, the harbour area attracted a lot of campers, but they simply dumped waste into the harbour and it was also “running down the road into the village” a very disgruntled Cllr Paula Butterly told the area council meeting.
“People don’t want to see filth on their streets,” she stated. Thankfully the council have taken the concerns on board and ask if someone has numbers of vans who dirtied in such a manner, to make contact with them. “It is a serious issue,” they stated.
New machine for Ardee
IT looks as if Ardee is to get a new street cleaning machine. Cllr Jim Tenanty has been pushing the issue and he feels it will be a huge addition.
Good news for Cornmarket
THERE seems to be some good news for some local residents, especially at the Cornmill in Ardee. They have been seeking to be taken in charge by the council for 25 years but it is being well progressed at the moment.
And Oriel Heights in Collon is another location with some good news pending.
The mid Louth civic awards are likely to go ahead in early December when those that have played a key role in the community over the last year are honoured and recognised.