A group of South East Fine Gael representatives said the long delay at the proposed Glanbia cheese factory was ‘completely avoidable’.
Earlier today (Wednesday, February 16), the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by An Taisce seeking to overturn a July 2020 ruling by An Bord Pleanála that greenlighted the $140 million facility. euros.
An Taisce said she was concerned about the planning and approval process for the proposed development in Belview, County Kilkenny.
However, today the court rejected the appeal, thus allowing the joint venture between Glanbia and Royal A-Ware, located in the Netherlands, to go ahead.
Glanbia decision hailed
A group of Fine Gael Oireachtas members from across the South East region have welcomed today’s decision upholding the decision to grant planning permission for the mainland cheese factory near the Kilkenny-Waterford border.
MPs John Paul Phelan, Charlie Flanagan, Paul Kehoe, David Stanton, and Senators John Cummins and Garret Ahearn, said they hope “that’s the end of the road of objections.”
“The long delay is regrettable and was completely avoidable. This clearly demonstrates that there is an element within An Taisce that is anti-business and anti-rural,” the group asserted.
“We respectfully hope that the long wait is now over for the thousands of farming families in this region who have invested in their herds and world-class housing and milking facilities to meet the demand for their quality products. , and whose livelihoods have been jeopardized. in recent years,” the Fine Gael representatives added.
“Unfortunately, construction cost inflation has skyrocketed since this project was first proposed and we recognize the frustration and anxiety created for Glanbia Ireland and its Dutch partner in this project.
“It is imperative that no further roadblocks be thrown in the way of this project and that construction can begin without delay,” the Oireachtas members concluded.