A lobby group seeking to resurrect Ireland’s sugar industry, is in the process of buying a site for a new national sugar processing plant.
The sugar plant in Carlow (pictured) closed 11 years ago despite protests in the town.
Beet Ireland is understood to be finalising a deal to acquire a 200-acre site in Plumperstown near Athy, formerly owned by a concrete manufacturer, for around €4 million.
The Irish Times reports that in conjunction with a strategic partner, Beet Ireland plans to redevelop the site into a high-tech sugar processing facility, which could produce up to 200,000 tonnes of sugar a year.
Tillage farmers in Leinster are said to be keen to resume growing sugar, which is traditionally grown in rotation with other crops but is considerably more profitable.
Carlow sugar plant
The Carlow sugar factory closed in January 2007 - with the loss of 190 full time and 130 seasonal jobs.
About 4,000 people demonstrated in Carlow against the move.
The plant was first opened in the town in the 1920s.
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