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Public Demonstration Underway In Kinsale In Support Of Piper's Funfair

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03:14 16 Apr 2023

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A public demonstration is underway in Kinsale in support of Piper's Funfair.

The Council spent €140,000 resurfacing Piper's usual pitch at the car park on Pier Road.

Before the County Council will allow the funfair to return, they are seeking a 60,000 euro bond to cover costs incurred if the surface gets damaged when the fairground is built.

Piper's have reduced the amount of staking and increased the amount of surface protection at the site - but are seeking a reduction in the bond.

The attraction has been in the town for the past 90 years.

A community action group, led by former Piper’s worker Helen Hickey and Green representative Marc Ó Riain, organised today's protest.

Speaking to RedFM News, Marc O Riain says the Council didn't mention a bond during discussions last year:

"There was no mention of a bond, and when the Executive got involved, they introduced an absolutely ridiculous bond, which has no precedent. I mean, it's €60,000 and this is being levied against a company that haven't run the funfair in the last three years because of COVID".

RedFM News contacted the Council for a statement on the matter, however the Council says this is a matter between them and the potential licensee and therefore cannot discuss the specific terms of the potential agreement with any third party.

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