Ireland: Government must support the return of the sugar beet industry - Sinn Fein

Published: 05/19/2015, 3:11:53 PM

Irish republican party Sinn Féin has called on the Irish government to support the return of the sugar beet industry, following its dissolution after reforms to the EU sugar regime, reports Sugaronline.

Speaking in Leinster House today, Deputy Martin Ferris, Sinn Féin’s agriculture spokesman called on the government to support the revitalisation of the sugar beet industry in Ireland.

"I am encouraged by recent indications that there is a prospect of the sugar industry being revitalised in the Carlow-Kildare region,” said Deputy Ferris.

"Indications are that the industry could be re-started for €300 million (US$335 mln) and this would indeed be a huge undertaking, but first steps have been taken and should be encouraged.

"The revitalisation of sugar beet would be a huge benefit to those farmers and others in the Carlow and Mallow areas who were devastated when the Fianna Fáil government sold it out and the current government sat on its hands ever since.

"Any attempt to restart a sugar beet industry in Ireland needs and must have the political and financial support of the government and all parties in the Dáil.

"Sinn Fein is totally supportive any move towards revitalisation and has been since the closure of the sugar plants in Carlow and Mallow."

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