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The Briefing – All You Need To Know for Monday, February 3 2020

The Briefing
The Briefing, in association with Ardee Credit Union.

Welcome to The Briefing. This is LouthNow.ie’s morning bulletin, brought to you in association with Ardee Credit Union. Every weekday morning, we will bring you what you need to know for the day ahead in a digestible, quick read so you can get on with your day.

1 / Monday marks the turn onto the final straight and candidates are starting to stretch their legs towards Saturday’s finishing line. We enter the final five days of campaigning in the General Election and there’s much to play for.


Green Party’s Mark Dearey and Labour’s Ged Nash are gaining traction locally, you feel, and Sinn Féin candidates Imelda Munster and Ruairi O Murchu will be buoyed by Sunday’s RED C poll which predicts we are on the cusp of a Sinn Féin surge. Where does that leave incumbents Fergus O’Dowd and Peter Fitzpatrick? And late in the game will an energetic younger candidate like John McGahon pull undecided younger voters?

Read more: Analysis: Fine Gael may struggle but can Adams-less Sinn Féin capitalise?


2 / Louth gave up a six point lead on home soil against Tipperary on Sunday afternoon as they extended their wait for a competitive victory on home soil to 12 months, going down 1-07 to 0-11 at the Gaelic Grounds. Tommy Durnin’s goal had given Louth a handsome lead.

Sam Mulroy’s late free scores could not stem the late Tipperary tide and Louth’s young boys were once again, perhaps aptly, the nearly men. They have begun the 2020 Division 3 campaign with a draw and a loss. Elsewhere though, there was much better news for new Louth Ladies boss Wayne Freeman and his squad who travelled to Queens University.

They saw off Armagh handsomely – by a scoreline of 3-11 to 0-06 to get their Division 4 season off to a flyer.

3 / Two men arrested by Gardai at junction 18 north of Dundalk last Thursday evening will appear at Dun Laoghaire District Court this morning at 10.30am. The men, aged in their 20s, were arrested and detained under Section 50 and later charged in relation to burglaries in south Dublin.

They were tracked by Gardai in a ‘managed pursuit’ along the M50 and later M1 on Thursday night before their eventual arrest. A youth arrested at the scnee has been been released without charge. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Office.

4 / Following on from their inclusion in the Sunday Times/McKenna Guides 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland guide, Conor Halpenny and the team at Square Dundalk were celebrating for a second weekend yesterday when they awoke to find the latest copy of the Business Post.

In it, Gillian Nelis writes ‘Halpenny, at just 25, is one of a coterie of exciting young chefs who are making their mark in their own restaurants….it would fill you with hope for the future. If Halpenny can work this kind of magic on cabbage and choux in his mid-20s, he is most definitely one to watch.”

Read more on BusinessPost.ie: Throwing big shapes in the Wee County (subscriber only)

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