Chips are down for casual traders

The chips could be down for illegal traders at the many festivals throughout the county in the coming months after a County Councillor called for sanctions to be placed on them.

The chips could be down for illegal traders at the many festivals throughout the county in the coming months after a County Councillor called for sanctions to be placed on them.

The organiser of the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon, Cllr. Barry O’Neill said that up to fifteen chip vans lined the town last year and this had a very negative affect on established businesses.

O’Neill said, “If the appropriate bye laws are introduced then they would support local businesses and ratepayers during Ballyshannon’s busiest weekend of the year at the June Bank Holiday Weekend .

“Most of the casual fast food vendors are coming in from Northern Ireland and leaving nothing in the local economy except litter.

“It’s just not on and I would like the council to introduce by-laws in an effort to back our own established businesses.

“These casual traders can come in and then simply pull away after an event. It is not on and I think we need to protect the future of the businesses which are open for the rest of the year.

“This is not just a once - off problem or indeed a Ballyshannon problem - if there is an event in any part of the county - Rossnowlagh, Donegal Town, Ardara, Dungloe you will find the large vans queuing up for days in advance depriving employers who are paying rates, levies and their taxes from much needed business.

“It is high time that we started looking after ourselves in Donegal and introduced the proper legislation to curb this.”