With a 48 bedroom hotel in Moville on offer at 300,000 euro and another believed to be on offer for under 200k. Muff based businessman, Jim McLaughlin says his decision to offer his pub to any prospective client rent free for six months is just about the only option left open to him.
Mr McLaughlin owns ‘Mary Deeney’s’ pub and restaurant at Ture and says he’s been trying to lease it 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.”
Mr. McLaughlin said he, like many others, was a victim of the recession. But, he added, the government was not helping much.
He told the Journal yesterday: “Their whole approach is punitive. I’m trying to get back on my feet and was recently trying to sell a house. Because I had not paid the 200 euro second home tax a couple of years back I was forced to hand over 3,900 euro in charges and interest before I could go ahead with the sale. We are getting strangled here with these charges.”
Mr McLaughlin added that the government should be, at this stage, doing something positive.
“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.”