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Stanley supports re-establishment of sugar beet industry

13 March, 2013 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on environment, community and local government reform, Brian Stanley TD has said Sinn Fein, “supports the efforts to re-establish the sugar beet industry in the Midlands”.

Speaking this evening in the Dáil during Sinn Fein's motion on job creation, Stanley said: “When this government came to power two years ago you promised it would be all about jobs, jobs and more jobs. Meanwhile unemployment queues in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Rathdowney grow with every passing spin of the government.

“It has been all about spin and nothing about jobs. In my own constituency of Laois/Offaly, the government has all but forgotten that we exist. Your record is nothing short of disgraceful.

“Since Fine Gael & the Labour Party came to power, unemployment in Laois and Offaly has actually increased. When this government took power there were 8546 people unemployed in Laois that has now increased to 8858 while in Offaly it has increased from 9234 to 9270.

“The IDA visited Co Laois twice in 2011; in 2012 the IDA did not visit Laois at all. Offaly has not fared any better. In 2011 the IDA visited Offaly once, and in 2012 they visited once.

“Sinn Féin supports the efforts to re-establish the sugar beet industry in the Midlands which was shut down by the Fianna Fail government. The demise of the sugar beet industry has had a huge impact on the whole region. It has impacted directly on the factory workers, the 350 growers, the contractors and hauliers. The original site of the sugar factory lies derelict on the Laois Carlow border.

“I am proposing that the factory be re-established. Sinn Féin in government will invest €350m in the beet industry and the construction of a new bio-refinery plant in the South East with the potential to create 5,000 jobs.

“Job creation is at the centre of Sinn Fein's plan for economic recovery. Our proposals are costed, creative and sustainable.

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