Friday, October 24, 2008

News!

Donegal Catch to get a lot of media promotion:
http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/business/2008/10/16/ad-agency-steps-up-to-the-plate-with-donegal-catch-campaign/
Over the past five years, sales of the brand have soared, propelled by television marketing.

Nice pics of the Old Castle before and after it was renovated:
http://infoireland.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/donegal-castle/

NI Minister and Donegal County Council pushing for cross border rail-line for Donegal:
http://www.4ni.co.uk/northern_ireland_news.asp?id=83986
"However, I very much welcome the debate surrounding the provision of rail links between Derry and Donegal and I am grateful to Donegal County Council for facilitating this forum."
http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000002895
Last evening a cross border, cross party and cross community rail forum was told that 200 thousand euro must be raised for a business plan for the project to be carries out next year.

And the Guardian has an interesting article about the upcoming Holiday Home tax with different points of views as to why the tax is good and bad:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/19/ireland-tax-second-homes-celebrity
Based in Belfast, Markham raised the question of whether cottages or houses owned by people from outside the Republic were in fact second homes. 'You could argue that, if you don't live in the Republic, then how does a house here constitute a second home, I'm sure there could be an interesting court case law study about this.'
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Markham insisted, however, that she was personally happy to pay the tax ... The tax is fair enough, because if you use local services such as water then you should be prepared to pay for them.'
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An Taisce, said this weekend it hopes the tax will, along with the property crash in the Republic, put a halt to over-development in rural parts of the country. An Taisce's Ian Lumley also pointed out that the tax will give the Irish government the
first idea since local rates were abolished in 1977 exactly how many holiday homes have actually been built.
... 'There has been an explosion of holiday homes in Ireland, the number of which we don't have a clue about. A lot of these developments have been an environmental disaster for parts of rural Ireland. Hopefully the tax will help put a check on the crash development of holiday homes,' Lumley said.He said it was ironic that it was harder for Northern Ireland citizens to build or buy holiday homes on scenic areas like the north Antrim coast than it was across the border in Donegal
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