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Let ratepayers use Market Building, says councillor

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CLARE shoppers could soon be availing of bargains from top Ennis businesses at the new covered market building in Ennis.

Fine Gael Councillor Johnny Flynn has asked the market advisory committee to consider letting local rate paying businesses use the space at the weekends to offer their customers products at a discounted rate.

““It’s not functioning as a market since it opened and various attempts have been made to try and get people to go in there. I think that rate payers in town who are paying rates to maintain the town and have been contributing over the last few decades should be given the opportunity,” he said.

Fine Gael Councillor Johnny Flynn
Fine Gael Councillor Johnny Flynn

Cllr Flynn has already spoken to local businesses about the idea and he believes it could be a success if it is structured in the right way.

He also thinks that Clare County Council should appoint an expert to help bring the public and private sectors together.

“I think that’s the big difference at times the public and private sector, they come at things from a different perspective. I’m involved in business and I can see that there needs to be more of a business focus on how that covered market is managed,” Cllr Flynn added.

Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

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