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Ferris calls on State to purchase Greencore property

22 November, 2006


The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has called on the state to make a compulsory purchase of property owned by Greencore, formerly the site of the sugar factories at Carlow and Mallow. Deputy Ferris will make the proposal during his contribution to the Dáil debate on the Estimates this evening. He has also tabled a question to the Minister for Agriculture, Mary Coughlan, on the matter in her capacity as the trustee of the state’s ‘Golden Share’ in the company.

 

The Kerry North TD said: “I am making this proposal in the light of the massive profits that Greencore may expect to make if their proposed property development at Carlow proceeds. When Greencore closed the sugar factories and refused to consider maintaining them to produce biofuels, I pointed out that the most likely scenario was that Greencore would use the sites to build on.

 

“Yesterday’s announcement of a proposed €1bn development at Carlow confirms this. In light of this the state has a duty to reclaim the public interest in what was formerly a successful public enterprise that created thousands of jobs and contracted thousands of beet growers over the years. The state should purchase the land at agricultural value and ensure their future use in the best interests of the people of Carlow in terms of local employment, housing and balanced development. They might also use any profits to compensate former workers and growers who were abandoned by Greencore.”

 

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