New market laws for Kilkenny

IN the wake of Kilkenny Borough Council’s victory over a casual trader in the Supreme Court the Borough Council has moved to review the casual trading bye-laws introduced in 2003.

IN the wake of Kilkenny Borough Council’s victory over a casual trader in the Supreme Court the Borough Council has moved to review the casual trading bye-laws introduced in 2003.

Toby Simmonds had taken what was regarded as a test case against Kilkenny Borough Council. Mr Simmonds, from Cork had claimed historic rights to hold a market on the parade. Mr Simmonds lost his Supreme Court case in which he had argued that he had the right to trade on the parade under the Kilkenny Markets Act of 1861.

Town Clerk, Brian Tyrell said that the review of the bye-laws hadn’t taken in place until now due to the court case and a change in EU legislation.

The review bye-laws will address issues such as, once off drink licenses for certain festivals, stall size, non use of permits and the transfer of licenses as well as a revised fee structure.

Welcome

Councillors from the Green Party and Fine Gael welcomed the review of the bye-laws.

Cllr Betty Manning (Fine Gael) urged people to set up their own stalls at the market. She said that ‘artisanal food’ is just a buzzword for home-made. She said that if people have something to sell be it, scones or cakes that they should come to the council and look to set up a stall.

Cllr Sean O’hArgain asked that the council look into the provision of a weekend market.

“I’d ask for the addition of a weekend day for working people. It is a that there isn’t a weekend market,” he said.

Members of the public are invited to make submissions to the council before Friday January 27.