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Tesco’s €120 million investment programme creates 757 new jobs; Landlord offers building rent free to retailers; 'Blitz raids' targeted at cigarette smugglers



24 June 2011

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1. Tesco’s €120 million investment programme creates 757 new jobs

Tesco Ireland announced a €120 million investment programme earlier today, which the retailer says will create 757 new jobs across the country.  Construction work on the various projects involved will also support another 548 building jobs, Tesco added. The retailer will open four new supermarkets, as well seven Express stores. An extensive upgrading programme for many existing Tesco stores around the country is also underway.

2. Landlord offers building rent free in bid to get local business going

A County Roscommon businessman is offering a landmark building in his home town, rent free. Gerard Kelly believes too many shops have closed down in his native Boyle and in a bid to create employment,  has offered potential retailers free rent for one year. The Irish Examiner reports Kelly predicts free rent will be a growing trend, and become "pretty commonplace.” He said he had already seen it advertised in other local towns.

3. ‘Blitz raids’ targeted at cigarette smugglers

Revenue’s Customs officers are conducting an average of one “blitz raid” against cigarette smuggling every day, with a view to securing a record 150 smuggling convictions this year, the Irish Times reports. Speaking at the Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) group’s AGM, senior Revenue official Tom Talbot said the organisation planned to carry out at least six “national blitzes,”100 blitz airport operations, and another 200 regional blitz operations.

4. Gardaí asked clampers to target cars in Dublin city suburb

Gardaí have been blamed for a “vast” spate of clamping that occurred in the Dublin surburb of Rathgar recently. Dublin City Council has insisted it was not responsible for the move. The Evening Herald reports City official Michael O’Neill said gardaí made a direct request to Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) to carry out the enforcement action. The local authority says it will now ask gardaí to explain the reason for the intervention.

5. Retailers hit by fuel laundering

Louth Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick expressed the concern in the Dail last week that the problem of fuel laundering remains as serious as ever.  The Argus reports the TD had met with a group of local Louth retailers who were badly affected by the issue. He believed there needs to be greater penalties applied to the criminals involved. ‘It looks as if those who are prosecuted simply take their medicine and start up an illegal operation again, “ he said, because they stood to make “substantial profits.”


Retailers urged to assist recovery (Irish Times)

Men held over cigarette haul released (Irish Times)
-Three men arrested over the seizure of 7 million contraband cigarettes in west Dublin on Wednesday were released the following day.

Online boost for EU consumers and businesses (Irish Examiner)

The top business leaders driving Cork’s economy (Irish Times)

Top GRAM award for Jim, manager of Casey’s Centra (Roscommon People)

‘Ireland will find it hard to produce enough beef to meet demand’ (Irish Examiner)
-Ireland will find it hard to produce enough high quality beef to meet growing overseas demand in the coming years, Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter has predicted.

EU claims Ireland has big problem with tobacco smuggling (Irish Examiner)

Nightmare on Main St will have a long run (Irish Independent)
A look at how the retailers of Athlone’s Church Street are coping in their third year of recession



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