An Bord Pleanala has granted planning permission for the multi-million-euro Banagher Chilling project (beef factory) in Banagher, Co Offaly.
That is according to Independent TD for Laois-Offaly Carol Nolan, who today (Wednesday), warmly welcomed the decision.
Nolan had repeatedly engaged with ABP over two years in attempts to progress a decision on the proposed site.
She was initially informed in January of 2021 that an ABP inspector’s report would be completed ‘within the next two weeks’.
Offaly beef plant
Speaking today (Wednesday, June 8th), the deputy, said:
“At long last, a decision has now been made that is capable of opening up the beef market in Ireland and offering increased competition and better prices for farmers.”
“It is a pity it took so long to get to this point, but finally, after what appeared to be an inability to arrive at any kind of decision, and interminable environmental due diligence, we are now in a position to move forward.”
She said this will ensure that Offaly and, indeed, the wider region can be seen as open to large scale inward investment.
Fair, free competition
Jackie Cahill TD is also among those who have welcomed the news this afternoon.
For years, he has been highlighting the need for increased competition in this market here. He is of the view that farmers deserve fair treatment and fair, free competition is “key” to this.
“It is vital that primary producers get a fair price for their produce that ensures that the production of top-class agri-food in our country is economically sustainable and financially viable for farmers.”
“I believe that this decision will be good for the consumer and good for the farmer.”
He stated that it is “great” to see common sense prevailing here and hopes this will allow construction to “proceed at pace”.