‘Holding the town to ransom’

Matt Britton

Reporter:

Matt Britton

The present impasse between the organisers of the Farmer’s Market in Donegal Town and those objecting to its location on the Diamond is set to take on a new dimension as organisers are now demanding that the names of the objectors are revealed.

The present impasse between the organisers of the Farmer’s Market in Donegal Town and those objecting to its location on the Diamond is set to take on a new dimension as organisers are now demanding that the names of the objectors are revealed.

The Donegal Democrat has learned that a letter is to be sent from the Community Chamber in Donegal Town to Donegal Co. Council under the Freedom of Information Act seeking the identity of the objector or objectors to ensure both openness and transparency and in the hope that the nature of the complaint can be addressed ensuing that an equitable solution is arrived at.

The market on the Diamond in Donegal Town had been widely recognised as one of the tourism successes in the town and had received very favourable reviews in both national and international guide books, who described it “as a focal part of the town with a hint of a French ambiance”.

A straw poll of local traders in the vicinity of the Diamond indicated a strong support for the market and said that since it had been forced to move to an alternative location there “had not been the same buzz on a Saturday in the town”.

Just ten days ago the organisers of the Market decided to hold the market in its original location on the Diamond to highlight the situation and it is understood that the County Council received a formal written letter of complaint from an unidentified person immediately after the weekend.

One of the founders of the market, community activist Jim McLaughlin told the Donegal Democrat, “I understand that a letter of complaint from a business has been received by the County Council.