Call to support those who ‘live over the shop’

There was a time when most families who ran businesses lived over the shop.

Now, a Sligo councillor is calling for the introduction of a scheme to encourage a rebirth of the practice.

At the December monthly meeting of Sligo County Council this week, Sinn Fein Councillor Chris MacManus said such a scheme would help urban-centre building owners, allowing them to make effective use of vacant space over commercial outlets.

He added that any scheme in the form of tax relief or grants should stipulated a time period, for example ten years, when converted space using public money would be used to house people who qualify for Housing Assistance Payments or other supports.