Jim has plenty of interest but no deal yet

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The Muff bar owner who put his premises on the market with an offer of six months free rent says he’s been inundated with enquiries.

Jim McLaughlin said since the story appeared in last Friday’s ‘Journal’ in had been picked up by most of the national media over the weekend including the Irish Independent, The Sun and the Irish Daily Star.2

And did he have any success in getting an offer to lease the famous ‘Mary Deeney’s’ bar and restaurant at Ture.

“I wouldn’t go that far. There has been plenty of interest but that about as far as i would put it at the moment.”

“This is a landmark pub on one of the busiest roads in the county so there’s no reason why the right person couldn’t return it to its former glory.”

He has yet to fix a price for a long term lease but states he would be more than flexible if he got the right client.

“I’ll give them as much support as they need.

“If they take a chance on me I’ll take a chance on them.

The local businessman again repeated that the government was driving people out of business.

He told the ‘Journal’: “My experiences are seemingly not unique.

“It seems red tape and bureaucracy is strangling this economy every bit as much as the stupid economic policies.

“Instead of helping people get back on their feet obstacles seem to be put up at every conceivable place.

“Everything is over regulated so that even people with ideas and entreprenurial spirt just give up in the face of non stop red tape.”

And the Inishowen man was also scatching about the system which, he claimed, discriminated against the self employed.

“I have five children. My eldest is going to university and we all know that third level education in this country is very expensive. But the fact that I was ‘self employed’ means I’m entitled to nothing.

“It’s a very difficult place to be.”

In last Friday Journal Mr McLaughlin stated he had been trying to lease the pub since March

“A couple of years ago I had a thriving business; now I’m sitting twiddling my thumbs.

“There’s no point having the place lying vacant so I’m trying to be innovative here.

“As far as I’m concerned Inishowen is basket case and no one seems to be doing anything about it.”

And he urged the government to be proactive:”“Mary Deeney’s used to have 14 of a staff. Give a subsidy and there could be 14 less on the dole queue.

Give business an incentive to get them over these bad times.”