HUXTERS in Charleville who do not have a permit are selling everything from "strawberries to fish" and there is nothing that can be done to stop them.
That was according to Cllr Bart Donegan (FF) at the Kanturk Area meeting last Friday morning.
He said Charleville is being almost plagued by stalls where just about everything is being sold. "They pull up when they like and where they like, and if anyone asks them about their permit they are just told to buzz off," he said.
He claimed a person from Ballycotton was selling fish and when another trader "who has always paid his rates" asked the man about his permit he was told to 'sling his hook'.
Engineer Donal Carroll told the meeting that there is no designated area for casual trading in Charleville.
"Cork County Council cannot stop them. Gardai will not move them on unless they are causing a problem for the traffic. Cork County Council does not have the power, as yet, to move them," he said.
Cllr Timmy Collins (Ind) asserted the view that the gardai do have the right to ask a person to produce their permit and to ask them to move on.
Mr Carroll outlined that there is a current High Court case regarding casual trading in Bantry which, as far as he was aware, has not yet been finalised.
He said a person can sell strawberries for two hours on one side of the street and then simply move to the other side of the street and trade for another two hours.
However, Chairman Gerard Murphy (FG) said that as far as he was aware there has been "some resolution" to the Bantry casual trading case and he requested that they get the most up to date information on that for their next council meeting.