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  • Northside West

The end of an era for Smithfield market

Monday, 9th September, 2019 1:00pm
The end of an era for Smithfield market

Fine Gael’s Deirdre Duffy at Smithfield market.

The end of an era for Smithfield market

Fine Gael’s Deirdre Duffy at Smithfield market.

LOCAL political representatives are calling for a speedy reopening of Smithfield Market.

The historic market closed at the end of August and is earmarked for a revamp.

Wholesale traders were compensated for the closure and some who opted for temporary accommodation elsewhere will have an option to relocate to the redeveloped market.

Work on the refurbishment and conversion of the council owned Victorian redbrick building, which opened in 1892, will be put out to tender in the coming months.

The council was granted planning permission for the refurbishment of the building on Mary’s Lane in 2015 and wants to develop a retail market as part of the revamp.

Local councillor, Joe Costello, said the market’s closure marked the end of an era.

“The beautiful Victorian building is in need of a facelift,” he said.

“A major refurbishment was planned nearly two decades ago but foundered. It is important that this time Dublin City Council gets it right and that the work starts without delay.

“Planning permission has been granted and the tendering process should start immediately.”

Cllr Costello said the new-look market could be a magnificent food emporium specialising in fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers and with a comprehensive range of artisan foods.

“It should have quality restaurants supplied with fresh produce from the traders, some of who will be returning after the refurbishment,” he added.

“A combination of retail, wholesale and restaurants will give the markets a unique character.

“Many of Dublin’s casual street traders in Moore Street and elsewhere buy their produce from the Fruit and Vegetable Market at present. They must be accommodated during the refurbishment and into the future.

“It would be unthinkable that they should lose their trade because of the temporary closure. “If the refurbishment is carried out with care and sensitivity, Dublin’s north inner city can become the Mecca for fresh produce and good food in the city.”

Fine Gael Dublin Central representative, Deirdre Duffy, called for a sustainable community fruit and veg market with zero waste.

“I hope to see a hasty return of this iconic fruit and veg market which has long been a fixture of Smithfield,” she said.

“The redevelopment of the market has been a long time coming and the market has potential to become a vibrant hub of the community where people can come together to shop and eat.

“I hope that the council places a significant focus on attracting sustainable vendors when the market has re-opened. It could become a leading initiative in promoting zero waste shopping and sustainable eateries.”

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