• Marts will remain open today, according to Mart Managers of Ireland (MMI)

    The Irish Farmers Journal says marts are putting a limit on the number of people that can attend sales ringside, as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak grow.

    The Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) has announced that mart sales should be limited to 100 people. “The number of people attending individual mart ringsides at any one time will be limited to 100, which will be managed on a strict rotation system, ie using admission cards which will be rotated among patrons at the entrance/exit to the mart ringside or other such monitoring methods as devised by the mart,” ICOS said.

    MMI chair Eimear McGuinness says they are asking anyone that has no business in the mart to please stay away from them.