Shopkeepers must pay the council €630 a year for a sign, and €125 a year per table outside their premises. The tax was condemned by Cllr Marc Connolly. “Putting up a brown sign to advertise a business, that’s another tax.
Putting a table and chairs on the path, that’s one way to get traffic to stop, but that’s an extra tax. You say we are unable to change rates, but there are extra things we can do,” he said. Town manager Ian McCormack says the fees are fixed in law by the govt.