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Young farmer seeking 10,000 signatures in support of new beef plant

An online petition, urging people to support the proposed new meat plant in Banagher, Co. Offaly, is seeking 10,000 signatures.

Those who submit their signature are “supportive and would like to see the new meat plant at Banagher in Co. Offaly being built”.

On Petitions.net, Daniel Long, the creator of the petition said: “Planning permission has just being granted for a new meat plant in Banagher in County Offaly.”

“The plant, however, will not go ahead unless the investors are accepted into the Immigrant Investor Programme.”

“The first application has been rejected by an evaluation committee made up of senior officials from various government departments and agencies.”

“Taking into consideration that this proposed plant is to supply beef exclusively to the Asian markets and the operation will be run by a new player entering Ireland’s beef processing sector.”

“It has the potential to tackle two key areas as regards the current unsustainable beef prices being paid to Irish beef farmers.”

One, he said is the need for new markets with Brexit looming and two, the need for competition in Ireland’s beef sector.

“The survival of rural Ireland is heavily dependent on the survival of the family farm.”

“It is heavily dependent on Ireland’s beef farmers who have always been the heartbeat of rural Ireland supporting rural businesses schools and communities, while at the same time producing the most environmentally-friendly beef in the world in Ireland’s rural areas that are best suited to this farming enterprise.”

“Rural Ireland is now under threat and with a new application to the Immigrant Investor Programme, pending this, is an opportunity for you to give it a fighting chance.” the note concluded.

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