Frying Irishman feels the heat after road sign fine
A Castlebridge roadside diner, 'The Frying Irishman', has been fined €150 due to a roadside sign deemed to be 'littering' by the local Litter Warden.
Restaurant owner Michael Murphy said he placed the sign, which is less than 46cm x 46cm, on a wooden stake some 60 cm high, to inform his customers that wifi was available at the diner. He believes the fine to be a 'nit-picking' move and could not see how this action by the Council was supportive of local business.
'It was a temporary notice informing my customers that we now have wifi and it was causing no obstruction where it was on the grass verge.' he said.
'Wexford town has seen three restaurants close in recent weeks and in rural areas the pressure is even steeper. It takes a lot of selling to make €150 in profit, and we have to find money to pay rates, wages, sewage and the rest,' he said.
Murphy has has not paid the fine to date.