A protest at the site of the dangerous structure on Upper Cork Street in Mitchelstown brought traffic to a standstill on Thursday morning, as crowds of business owners, residents and community groups came together to make their voices heard at the perceived inaction by Cork County Council against the crumbling building on the thoroughfare, which collapsed in July.

Traffic came to a stop travelling south, while northbound traffic was diverted by Gardaí on the town’s market day, traditionally one of the biggest days for traders in Mitchelstown.

Protestors were reacting to the refusal of Cork County Council officials to meet them in-situ, and address the economic and safety impacts of the half-crumbled building.

Full update in next week’s Print & Digital Edition