Limerick town moves to embrace Fairtrade status

Vicky Nash of Newcastle West Tidy Towns and Cllr Tom Ruddle with Sr Delia O'Connor and Dolores O'Meara of Fairtrade Limerick

NEWCASTLE West has taken its first steps towards becoming a Fairtrade town.

Councillors in the area were told this month of plans to encourage a flagship business to serve Fairtrade coffee and other products, as well as encouraging the Council and other relevant bodies to commit to public procurement of Fairtrade products where appropriate.

Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin vowed to drink Fairtrade coffee “from here on” as part of his contribution to the initiative.

Cllr Galvin proposed that the presentation shown to council members at last Wednesday’s district meeting be shown to local businesses and, in particular, local schools, to make them aware of the move towards becoming a Fairtrade town.

Independent councillor Jerome Scanlan supported the call to get schoolchildren involved in the campaign.

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