Cork economy needs sugar boost [Audio]

David O’Sullivan

Resurrecting the sugar industry in Ireland would create 3-thousand jobs,
and generate 250 million euro annually

That’s according to “Beet Ireland” chairman Michael Hoey.
He says many drinks companies, and confectioners have been avoiding
investing in Ireland because of the high cost of importing sugar.

The Mallow sugar plant closed in 2006, and Ireland spends 230 million euro
every year on imports.

2017 has the set as the date for sugar quotas to be removed and already
various County Councils
are promoting their counties as the ideal place for a sugar factory.

Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly says Cork boasts all the right ingredients for a


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