Roscommon County Council gives approval to casual trading bye-laws

Roscommon councillors have voted by a majority of 15 to 2 to bring in casual trading laws for the county after the issue was first mooted more than a decade ago.

The bye laws will apply to all towns in the county and cover issues like goods that may be traded, designated trading areas and trading times, insurance requirements and parking of vehicles. The issue has caused contention for the past several years but speaking at yesterday’s council meeting Chief Executive Eugene Cummins said he was at a loss to see what the fuss had been about.

The casual trading licence fee will cost €300 per year and will entitle the trader to an area about the size of three car parking spaces. While some members asked for exemptions for specific businesses from the new laws, they didn’t succeed and they were eventually passed by 15 votes to 2, with one councillor absent.

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Some amendments were added in relation to the sale of cabbage p[plants, and the sale of Christmas trees. Councillor John Cummins who’s Chairman of he Special Policy Committee which drafted the bye-laws says he hopes people will appreciate that these laws will result in fairer and better conditions for everyone involved.