People need ‘kick in shins’ to wake

The proposed purchase tax which is due to become law in November came under heavy fire at a meeting under the auspices of Mountmellick Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night.

The proposed purchase tax which is due to become law in November came under heavy fire at a meeting under the auspices of Mountmellick Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night.

Speakers unanimously agreed that it would hit the small shopkeeper hard and spell doom for many small firms. Resolutions of protest are to be made and it is possible that a delegation will be selected to meet the minister.

Mr S. O’Higgins, who presided, said the reason for calling the meeting was to get the opinions of traders and the people in general, then to pool such knowledge and try to bring about a solution to the problem which was facing all traders.

The sixpence in the £ tax would drastically reduce the income of the smaller trader, and would even spell disaster for some.

Mr T Culliton, Secretary, said that it was up to the people to do something about the matter it was only when the people got “a kick in the shins” that they really woke up.

They all recognised that the Government had to impose taxes to run the country and provide services, through their public representatives, asked for. Until someone stood on someone else’s toe, it generally took a long time for people to recognise the implications. In this respect, they in Mountmellick, could make suggestions and with the help of other towns do something about the matter.

Hoodoo School

The ‘hoodoo’ surrounding the site for the proposed Vocational School at Newtown Cross seems to be true.

The chairman of Laois VEC Mr J Miller asked if they could shift the site of the school off ‘the fairy pass’. Stating that they should advertise for tenders and see what they could get the Chairman said if the site was removed from ‘the fairy pass’ they would not have to deal with the ‘Pucca’.

£152,300 for roads

£152,300 is the 1963 road’s fund grant to Laois County Counci.

Heavy booking

Booking for ‘Charley’s Aunt’ by the Montrose Players in the parochial hall, Portlaoise, is reported to be very heavy, especially for the opening nights.

Final plans have been made for a gala presentation of this evergreen comedy.

OJ is OK again

His many friends were delighted to see Mr OJ Flanagan, TD, make a rapid recovery after his recent operation in a Dublin hospital.

He participated in the Daíl debates before returning to his native Mountmellick for a well-earned rest before taking up correspondence and work with constituents.

Members of the local Fine Gael branches sent messages of congratulations to the Deputy.