Only one Castlebar takeaway refused to close at the same time as the others in the town following a meeting between members of the Castlebar Joint Policing Committee and the operators of the takeaways.
“Most of the people who run the takeaways were very co-operative,” Castlebar Mayor Cllr Michael Kilcoyne told the meeting. “Only one takeaway said they wouldn’t agree to the 2.30am closing time, I’m disappointed with Supermac’s for not agreeing and it could only take one not to stick to the agreement and we’ll run into problems.” Superintendent Willie Keaveney suggested to the meeting that the JPC write a letter to the owner of the Supermac’s chain to express their disappointment with the decision.
Cllr Kilcoyne also told the meeting that the town council had followed up a warning notice on the Castle kebab shop on New Antrim Street, with an enforcement notice to stop it operating as a takeaway as it did not have planning permission for such a business. He also told the meeting that a number of the takeaway operators had raised the issue of petrol stations which offer take away food services and may not have proper planning permission to operate as takeaways, and said that the council would be looking into it.