Sligo Fair Trade

Sligo Fair Trade - Supporting Communities in Developing World

Sligo Fair Trade - Supporting Communities in Developing World Nicola Allen, Catherine McGuinn (Members of Sligo Fair Trade committee), Councillor Seamus KIlgannon, Maura Kelly, winner of Fair Trade hamper in recent Draw, Councillor Michael Clarke, Maeve McDermott, Fair Trade Committee

Sligo people proudly support Fairtrade, the town having gained its Fairtrade status in 2008 and it is one of 50 Fairtrade towns across the country. Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 took place from February 25h until 10h March.

Fairtrade aims to make sure that farmers in those countries that produce many of the products we enjoy such as tea, coffee, chocolate and bananas are fairly paid for their work and are not exploited.  This includes a social premium that must be used to benefit the community as a whole.

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Martin Baker commended the Sligo Fair Trade Committee for their work ‘It is important that this issue remains on the agenda, and it is very encouraging to see local agencies and businesses supporting it by insisting on using Fairtrade products’

Sligo County Council supports Fairtrade by serving Fairtrade tea and coffee at meetings and events.  There are numerous retail outlets and cafes selling and serving Fairtrade products in the town.  Many businesses, voluntary, church and community groups also choose to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee in their canteens and meeting rooms.  Local schools have been active in studying and promoting Fairtrade and both St. Angela’s College and the Institute of Technology Sligo have a long standing commitment to using Fairtrade tea and coffee in their canteens.  The Institute of Technology Sligo is also a Fairtrade College.

You can join hundreds of other people throughout Ireland by choosing Fairtrade products and helping to support communities in the developing world.


If you want to find out more about Fairtrade or join the Sligo Fairtrade group you can contact Maeve MacDermott at 087 650 8013 or Nicola Allen at 086 248 2385.