4 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

“The aim of the Town Team is to energise and reinvigorate Monaghan Town through a strong partnership of retailers, consumers, citizens, local communities and the local authority” — So said the invitation to the inception meeting in the Westenra Hotel which took place on Wednesday, November 25th, which saw stakeholders gather to hear for themselves about the concept that will revitalise the town centre.

Director of Services for Planning, Economic and Community Development with Monaghan County Council Paul Clifford acted as MC at the event.

He began by stating that the traditional role of the local authority had changed, it now had a part to play in job creation.

The local authority executive used the opportunity to plug the recently opened C:TEK in Carrickmacross, which has achieved 70% occupancy.

New businesses found the location attractive for many reasons including the high-speed fibre broadband.

Mr. Clifford alluded to some new exciting initiatives such as the Made In Monaghan pop-up shop on the capital town’s Diamond. An artist’s collective who get to showcase their work in a shared retail environment runs this Christmas initiative, supported by Enterprise Ireland.

The MC also welcomed the collaboration between Monaghan Institute and Combilift. The company is on target to create 200 jobs and the Education and Training Board will provide the engineering courses locally to meet that demand.

He was also pleased to announce that Bord Bia’s full-page ad in The Irish Times recently, which showcased 104 of the country’s top food producers, featured 14 Monaghan companies.

The council spokesperson stated that Monaghan was also making strides to market itself on the international stage, there had been colour features in newspapers including the Scottish Sun.

Mr. Clifford went on to comment that retail’s contribution to the economy might not have been recognised to the extent it should have been up until recently. He…


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