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Ferris slams closure of Mallow sugar plant

15 March, 2006

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has slammed the announcement that the Mallow sugar factory is to close in May. The closure will mean an effective end to the sugar industry in Ireland and the loss of over 100 jobs.

Deputy Ferris said: "Greencore and the Irish Government have failed both sugar producers and the employees at Carlow and Mallow. One of the most successful state enterprises in this state has been run into the ground since it was privatized, with Greencore proving that their only interest was to parasitically feed off an industry which they had no intention of developing.

"The Irish Government has failed to protect the Irish sugar sector from being sacrificed on the altar of so-called free trade, while at the same time ignoring proposals for alternative uses of sugar beet and the plants for the production of biofuels. Even at this late stage I am calling on the Government to intervene in order to save both the Carlow and Mallow plants and jobs, and the production sector." ENDS

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