Laois Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan is one of a number of TDs who gave Glanbia the green light to build a large cheese factory in Kilkenny.
A statement from Fine Gael said its South East representatives, MPs Charlie Flanagan, John Paul Phelan, Paul Kehoe, David Stanton and Senators John Cummins and Garret Ahearn, welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the decision d’An Bord Pleanála to grant planning for Glanbia Ireland and Royal A-ware’s Continental cheese factory in Belview near the Kilkenny-Waterford border.
“We welcome this decision and hope that this is the end of the road of objections,” the members of Fine Gael Oireachtas said.
“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.
“We respectfully hope that the long wait is now over for the thousands of farming families in this region who have invested in their world-class herds and housing and milking facilities to meet the demand for their quality products and whose livelihoods have been jeopardized over the past number of years.
“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 statement concluded.
An Taisce fought the factory because they claimed allowing more milk production was against the government’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.