Minister seeks to close Smithfield Fair

Wednesday 30 March 2011 22.00
Smithfield - Three men injured in fighting
Smithfield - Three men injured in fighting

The Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton has submitted a detailed submission to the Office of the Attorney General seeking legal advice on the closure of the Smithfield Horse Market in Dublin.

In a statement, Minister Bruton said that in the meantime the local authority and the gardaí have other pieces of legislation at their disposal.

He said laws governing casual trading and animal welfare can be used to regulate the trading at Smithfield.

Last week, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen, wrote to the minister requesting he enact legislation to close the monthly market in Smithfield.

However, Minister Bruton said this evening that this area of law is extremely complex.

Earlier this month, two men were shot and another was injured with a slash hook during fighting at the fair.