Earlier this month, a meeting of Dublin City Council’s Central Area Committee saw councillors unanimously pass a motion to support the redevelopment of the Smithfield Fruit and Vegetable Market in Dublin 7, writes Rachel Cunningham.
The motion was proposed by Labour Party Councillor for the North Inner City and Smithfield resident, Deborah Byrne.
The Smithfield Fruit and Vegetable Market, operating as the Dublin Corporation Wholesale Markets, opened in December 1892 and was a wholesale market until its closure in 2019.
Reacting to the vote, Councillor Byrne said: “The Smithfield Fruit and Vegetable Market is an iconic piece of Dublin history.
“Having stood for over 130 years, it has a special place in the fabric of our city and in the hearts of people who live in Dublin’s north inner city, especially.
“Communities across the city desperately want to see the redevelopment of the Smithfield Fruit and Vegetable Market in a way that honours our past and as an opportunity to develop a new social and cultural space for generations of Dubliners into the future.”
She added that the vote was a welcome development in light of the launch of Smithfield’s Pride of Place group, which met in September.
“With this group of passionate residents dedicated to reviving Smithfield as a cultural hub, and Smithfield’s recent naming as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world, I am confident that greater things lie ahead for the communities of Smithfield and the markets area,” she added.
The planned refurbishment of the market is scheduled to commence next year.
Smithfield residents are invited to attend the next meeting of the Smithfield Pride of Place group on Wednesday, November 8, at 7pm in Third Space, Smithfield.
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