Re-opening of Rathkeale Mart to be discussed at Public Meeting next week

Published on: 25 February 2013

Cllr Kevin Sheahan and Deputy Niall Collins are to host a public meeting on Monday next 4th March in the Rathkeale House Hotel at 8pm to discuss the re-opening of Rathkeale Mart.

The purpose of the meeting is to assess the support from within the farming and business community for the re-opening Rathkeale Mart, which was previously operated by Golden Vale Marts (GVM).

Local Fianna Fáil representative, Cllr Kevin Sheahan said: “I have been approached by members of the business community who have expressed a desire to explore options that may lead to the re-opening of Rathkeale Mart. Having raised the matter at local level with Limerick County Council we now need to further consult with the farming and business community before proceeding any further.

“The closure of Rathkeale Mart in 2009 was a very controversial and unwelcome move, hopefully this meeting can give us a mandate to proceed further which may culminate in the Mart being re-opened.”

Deputy Niall Collins added: “We are anticipating a large turnout to this public meeting, there was a lot of dissatisfaction locally when GVM closed Rathkeale Mart, it was also a huge blow to business within the town.

“On the night we will have speakers from all the farming representative organisations including the Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA), Irish Farmers Association (IFA), the United Farmers Association and Rathkeale Community Council.

“We also are inviting a representative from Sixmilebridge Mart in County Clare, which recently re-opened. Sixmilebridge Mart has been an outstanding success since re-opening on a Co-Operative basis and there is no reason why we shouldn’t seek to replicate this in County Limerick. All are welcome to attend and we would urge all interested persons and groups to attend and contribute to this important meeting.”

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