There was a united display of support for the Farmer’s market in Donegal Town as three former Mayors joined local businessmen and local community workers to show their support with one saying that it was disgraceful that a small minority can endanger the future of the market and hide under the cloak of anonymity.
Jim McLaughlin one of the original organisers of the market told this newspaper, “The Market today was fantastic, there was such a great buzz around it and the support across the political and business spectrum has been overwhelming.
“The local community came out in force to show without any shadow of a doubt that they want their Market to remain. This is a community event, it is part of the social fabric of the local community as it brings people together.
“Local people find it disgraceful that a small minority can threaten this hugely successful market and then hide under the cloak of anonymity.
“If there are people with a problem let them come out publicly and explain their concerns - we will be more than happy to listen.”
Former Donegal Mayor, Cllr Brendan Byrne welcomed the holding of the market on the Diamond Donegal Town on Saturday last and said that he was “delighted to have the opportunity to meet with the market organisers and stall holders on the day as well as the hundreds of people who attended the market.”
Cllr Byrne said, “This market is a huge asset to the entire town of Donegal as is a major attraction for people to the town and a focal point for visitors and locals alike, as well as being a source of income for many stall operators/holders.
“Markets such as these should be strongly promoted by the Department of Agriculture and other Government Agencies.
“Common sense and a practical approach has to be adopted in dealing with these matters and I am very confident from my negotiations with the planners in Donegal County Council that such a practical solution has been found for safe guarding the farmers market in Donegal town.
Another former Mayor of the county, Cllr. Cora Harvey also attended the market and told the Donegal Democrat, “ This is a truly wonderful resource, the people of Donegal Town and beyond should be so proud of what they have achieved - this is a little taste of Donegal heritage and tradition right in the centre of this wonderful town.
Cllr Harvey continued: My only regret now is that the Market has to move temporarily until the Council has a chance to draft and adapt by-laws specific for a Farmers Market and not for casual trading. It is a pity that the Market couldn’t remain in the present location whilst this is happening, but unfortunately this can not be.
“However I do hope that the process will be prioritised and I certainly will keep my finger on the pulse on this one as I believe this is a County wide issue.
“There are people form my own town who have set up stalls there and people travel form all over Donegal and beyond to visit this market.”