Dockets down at bookmakers but Sinn Féin hopeful that situation can be resolved soon

IT should be one of the busiest times of the year for bookmakers.

IT should be one of the busiest times of the year for bookmakers.

After all, the past week has seen the Champions League quarter-finals, the US Masters and the Grand National all take place.

However, at Paddy Power in Bachelor’s Walk, the number of dockets being processed are down and Cllr Kevin Meenan, who works in the shop, believes that the closure of the road at Market Square is a major influence as punters spend their hard earned cash in other bookmakers around the town.

While not directly on Clanbrassil Street, the Paddy Power outlet in Bachelor’s Walk is heavily influenced by traffic from the street but Cllr Meenan admitted to The Dundalk Democrat this week that “our docket take is way down” since the road at Market Square closed to facilitate the revamp of the area.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams visited the site on Thursday morning and said he, like many others, could see no reason why the road was closed.

“We’re quite hopeful it can be resolved,” he said.

“A lot of this has been done without any attention to traders or road users.”

Cllr Meenan added: “We should be trying to make this the least damaging time for traders as possible. It’s all about managing the situation.

“The traders are not anti-Square, they’re all up for the revamp but there’s no reason for the road to be closed,” he said.