10 November 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

With just over six weeks to go until Christmas, Monaghan Co Council launched its Shop Local campaign on Monday in a bid to encourage shoppers to consider the local economy.

Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Co Council PJ O’Hanlon referred to the 2,000 employees who work in the retail sector in Co Monaghan and said: “Everyone has a relative or family friend working in the retail sector in each of our towns. These jobs are crucial to the local economy”.

Commenting on national newspaper and radio features, the Cathaoirleach added, “The national media is highlighting the value to be gained by travelling north on specific items. But I believe that local retailers are providing value to match those and better value is obtained across a basket of goods in Monaghan, Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, Clones and Ballybay.

Councillor O’Hanlon also said that many of the savings advertised related solely to specific offers on alcohol and confectionery in the large multiples, but shops in Co Monaghan provided similar offers. “It is important that we shop local this Christmas to preserve local jobs and support those who support their local communities,” he concluded.

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