22.1 It is necessary for traders who are selling food and refreshments to hold a current Health Board licence for legitimate trading. Gardaí should use all powers available to them to confine traders to designated sites. These sites should be agreed in consultation with the Local Authority and the Health Board. There should be an agreed strategy between the Local Authority, Gardaí and Health Board, for dealing with non-licensed traders. Trading should only be allowed on a limited basis inside the Garda cordon on the approach roads to the concert venue. This will minimise inconvenience to residents and aid free flow of pedestrian traffic. Adequate and suitable toilets, water supply and refuse disposal should be available to licensed vendors for their sole use. The provisions of the Casual Trading Act 1995 1 which repeals the Casual Act, 1980 with effect from 1st May, 1996, apply to persons who carry out casual trading, i.e., selling goods at a place (including a public road) to which the public have access as of right or any other place that is a casual trading area.
22.2 It is necessary to provide food and refreshments for patrons who may be at the concert for up to 10 hours. Temporary kiosks, stalls and canteens for the sale of goods and refreshments should be permitted only in locations agreed with the Local Authority, Gardaí and Health Board in conformity with the law. The organisation and letting of onsite catering should be controlled by one group on behalf of the Promoter. Lists of interested vendors should be submitted to the Health Board for vetting at least one month in advance of the event. Only vendors who possess a current Health Board licence should be considered. Centralised food vending on site enables the provision of services to be maximised. Adequate and suitable toilets, water supply and refuse disposal should be available to licensed vendors for their sole use.
22.3 Stalls or vehicles for the safe of goods and refreshments should not be permitted to traverse gangways and concourses while members of the public are present. All refreshment centres and mobile units should comply with the requirements of the Health Board with regard to food hygiene. No glass containers or glass bottles should be permitted for the service of drink or food.
22.4 With regard to spacing and location of traders the following conditions should apply:-
(a) adequate spacing should be provided between trading units following consultation with the Local Authority;
(b) high risk units, e.g., petrol driven generators and LPG cylinders should be located away from crowded areas and adequately protected; and
(c) each unit should carry appropriate fire extinguishers and fire blankets, the provision of which should be decided following consultation with the Local Authority.
22.5 Vending units should be sited as shown on the Site Layout Plan with units using gas fired cooking equipment sited at least 6m from any other unit. Gas supplies to units should be in areas which are fully secured against entry by members of the public. Ready access to these areas should be available only to designated staff to enable them to shut off the gas supply in the event of fire or other emergency. The installation of supply pipework from gas storage cylinders/appliances should be carried out in accordance with appropriate recognised standards.
1. Casual Trading Act, 1995, repeals the Casual Trading Act, 1990, with effect from 1st May, 1996, Stationery Office, Dublin.