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The purpose of the day is to discuss the markets and their importance to local food economies, and to find a creative way through the legislation governing them. The implementation of the casual trading act, especially where there are market rights, is complex, and creates difficulties between the traders and and the councils whose responsability it is, to regulate the markets.
Skibbereen Farmers Market has been struggling with these issues since it was reinvented in 2002. We would like to invite all the stakeholders to present their stories, problems and successes with a view to finding solutions.

This event is for market traders, council officials involoved in the regulation of markets, and consumers who shop in the markets.


The speakers will include:

Darina Allen, who amongst other achievements, started the first modern Irish Farmer's market, in Midleton.

Ciaran Casey from MAST, (Markets Alive Support Team) who through selling insurance to traders, is aware of the growth of the markets and their diverse nature around the country. MAST is a member of The World Union of Wholesale Markets/WUWM, Retail Market Division & that we are also members of the
National Association of British Market Authorities/NABMA.

Gerald Kelleher is a stall holder who trades in several markets and knows a lot about their history.

Conor Murphy solicitor who has worked on several cases involving market traders and has an in-depth knowledge of the legislation.

Macdara O'Hici is the council official responsible for the regulation of markets in in Co Cork. He has been trying to implement the casual trading act by writing bye laws for the whole county.


Colin Sage is a senior lecturer at UCC conducts research on the food system. He regards local markets as the bedrock of building healthier and more sustainable and resilient food provisioning arrangements. He chairs the Cork Food Policy Council.

Registration will be from 10.30 and then each speaker will make a presentation, highlighting the issues from their perspective. We will take a break for lunch between 1 and 2pm. After lunch the conference attendees will divide into groups to discuss some the the problems with the legislation from the perspectives of traders consumers, and regulators. After a short 4pm tea break delegates will present possible solutions to some of these problems.

Mediator Deirdre Redmond will organise the group discussion in the afternoon.

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