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Dede wins a Michelin Star

Dede at the Customs House in Baltimore, Co. Cork has been awarded a Michelin Star in the 2021 Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland.dede2

The West Cork restaurant is the only newcomer to join what is now an 18-strong list of Michelin Star restaurants in the Republic of Ireland.
Ross Lewis of Chapter One in Dublin was honoured with the Michelin Chef Mentor award 2021, whilst Noble Restaurant in Holywood won the Michelin Service and Welcome Award 2021.
 No stranger to the Michelin Star, head chef Ahmet Dede was awarded One Michelin Star in the 2019 edition of the Guide when at the Mews restaurant, Baltimore, an accolade he retained in 2020.
Other restaurants that hold their Michelin Star from previous years are the Two Star Restaurants Patrick Guilbaud and The Greenhouse in Dublin City along with Aimsir in Celbridge. One Star Dublin establishments are Chapter One, Variety Jones and L’Ecrivain in Dublin City and Liath in Blackrock village.


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Low uptake for 'Stay and Spend'

Only €300,000 of the Stay and Spend Tax Credit initiative has been claimed by consumers.Ged Nash

Despite €250m being set aside by the Government for this scheme, there has been a low uptake due to closures in the hospitality industry.
Labour TD Ged Nash (pictured), obtained figures that showed up to January 18, 4,441 claims for tax relief under the scheme were included in 2020 income tax returns.
Mr Nash says there was a better way to make use of this fund: “A better way of stimulating the economy would be to waive the tax bills of workers that are in the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme.” 
According to Mr Nash, Stay and Spend was a "poorly designed scheme introduced in the wrong way and at the wrong time".
The initiative was announced last July to encourage people to stay in Ireland and spend money in the hospitality sector. However, it was not rolled out until October 1, with the hospitality industry shutting down less than three weeks later.


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Quarantine decision to-day

The Cabinet will consider today whether to extend the current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions until early March, as well as introducing a limited form of mandatory quarantine for leovaradkar0520certain visitors.
The proposals were agreed by the Cabinet subcommittee on Covid-19 last night. 
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the change to travel policy was needed to tackle the rise of new variants of the coronavirus.
Extending the current Covid-19 restrictions has been well-flagged by Ministers over the past week - the date of 5 March would bring Ireland in-step with similar restrictions in Northern Ireland.
Mandatory quarantine for 14-days is being considered for any incoming passenger who arrives without a negative PCR test result, or if they have travelled from either South Africa and Brazil.


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Trump Doonbeg bill of $524,000

Protection for Donald Trump's two-day visit to his golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare, in June 2019 cost the US Secret Service more than $524,000.trump
Documents released to RTÉ News following a US Freedom of Information request show that the bulk of the money, more than $327,000, was spent on renting vehicles.
Hotel accommodation cost more than $136,000, with around $10,500 of that total being spent at Mr Trump's Doonbeg hotel.
Almost $18,000 was spent by the Secret Service on the rental of golf carts, renting tents cost more than $10,700 and $1,845 was spent on refrigerator rental.
More than €2,800 was spent on glass from a window company in Ennis, Co Clare. A forklift was rented from a plant hire company in Limerick at a cost of €400.
Other expenses included $19,400 on staff overtime and allowances, and $2,500 on mobile phone rental and usage, bringing the Secret Service bill for US taxpayers to more than half a million dollars.


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Developer entitled to car park rent

 Developer Gerry Gannon is entitled to judgment for €2.18m rent against a company which operated a car park for Dublin Airport passengers on lands in Santry owned by the gannonbuilder, a High Court judge has ruled.
 Mr Gannon initiated proceedings last year against Parkfly Ltd and Last Bus Ltd, both companies controlled by transport entrepreneur John O’Sullivan.
 He sought orders for possession of the car park premises against both defendants and a summary judgment order for €2.18m rent against Parkfly in respect of its 2019 lease for the premises.
 Parkfly operated the car park premises under two leases granted in 2014 and 2019.
 Last Bus Ltd, operator of a shuttle bus service between the car park and the airport, had, under a licence agreement with Mr Gannon, used a bungalow adjoining the lands as an office.
 The second of Parkfly’s leases expired on October 4th 2019 and Last Bus’ licence agreement terminated the same day.


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