Cork North Central Workers’ Party candidate, Councillor Ted Tynan, has said that the state should reopen the Mallow Sugar factory and should tell Greencore, the privatised former sugar company, to step aside if they are not prepared to get involved in the project.
Cllr. Tynan said that new information proves that the factory need never have closed and there is still a huge demand for its product. Refurbished and expanded it could provide many hundreds of jobs and a welcome boost to small farmers in the area stretching from North Cork to the city itself.
He said that if Greencore attempt to stand in the way of the project they should be pushed aside and the factory bought under compulsory purchase order.
Speaking as he canvassed in the rural part of the Cork North Central constituency, Cllr. Tynan said that the closure of Mallow and the other sugar factories had been a disaster both for jobs and for small farmers in the area. The sugar factories had provided both fulltime and seasonal jobs in the area but had also given a livelihood to thousands of small farmers and had been a mainstay of the local economy.
“We now know that the sugar factories were closed down at the behest of both political and commercial vested interests. We also know that the Irish food industry and householders are being overcharged for sugar and have to buy many imported food products due to the winding down of the Irish food production industry. The Mallow plant could easily be made viable once more and profiteers like Greencore should not be allowed to stand in the way of job creation and the revitalisation of the local economy of this region”, said Cllr. Tynan.
Issued 7th February 2011