Leyden welcomes Fairtrade status

The fact that Roscommon Town has received Fairtrade status was welcomed this week by Cllr. Orla Leyden. Roscommon is now one of thirty-one towns throughout the country to be declared a Fairtrade town. Cllr. Leyden, who attended the launch of Roscommon Fairtrade town, complimented the great work of the Fairtrade Committee in achieving the six goals for becoming a Fairtrade town. Cllr. Orla Leyden proposed through a notice of motion that Roscommon County Council would become a Fairtrade town. The proposal was endorsed by the Council. The use of Fairtrade teas and coffees in Roscommon County Council was also supported at this meeting. Cllr. Leyden noted that Roscommon County Council made this change ahead of Dáil Éireann who recently decided to switch the bulk of their tea and coffee supplies to Fairtrade products. Cllr. Leyden emphasised that through the work of the Fairtrade committee, the businesses who provided Fairtrade products for sale and the commitment of people in the area to purchase Fairtrade products, the sale of Fairtrade products has increased by 75 percent in the town in the last year.