Council demands closure of Knockcroghery chip-van

Roscommon County Council has issued an enforcement notice ordering a well-known chip-van in Roscommon to close.

The owner of the business strongly denies it’s an unauthorised development and is challenging the demand.

The council’s enforcement notice, released under the Freedom of Information Act, claims the Village Grill at Knockcroghery is an unauthorised development.


It says the commercial mobile takeaway, associated signage and a portable toilet is operating without planning permission.

The notice has ordered the proprietors to cease operating the business and remove the chip-van, toilet and signage, along with gas cylinders and water and electricity connections.

Emma-Jane Mullally, the owner, strongly denies it’s an unauthorised development and says she has been trading from the chip-van at Knockcroghery for three years.

She claims the van and the business has been cleared by environmental health officials for the past 18 years, between two previous owners.

Ms Mullally is challenging the proposed closure, while Eugene Cummins, the council’s chief executive, declined to comment this morning.