Calls have been made for Roscommon Co-operative Livestock Mart, which has approximately 450 shareholders, to relocate.
Eugene Cummins, the Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council, is of the opinion that the well-known mart should be relocated as “quickly as possible” so that the county town can be further developed.
The Roscommon People reports that the mart was on the verge of relocating to a new site at Emoe, a number of years ago, but the proposed move did not proceed.
Cummins told the publication that the people of Roscommon cannot be “held to ransom by the inappropriate use of strategically important land”.
He believes the area where the mart is currently situated needs to be freed of tragic congestion and the “crying of sentient animals”.
"It is time, once and for all"
He is of the opinion that an alternative site needs to be found and “it is time, once and for all, to deal with the location of Roscommon Mart”.
He told The Roscommon People that Roscommon County Council does not need on square inch of the site which the mart is currently located, but the people of the county “do need it”.
On its website, the mart said that it plays “important role in the social and economic life of both rural people and residents of Roscommon town”.
The mart was built at a cost of £23,000 and the opening sale was held on July 10th, 1959.