Sean Kelly MEP (Ireland South) supported Beet Ireland’s bid to garner support for a revival of the Irish sugar beet industry in Brussels. Representatives of Beet Ireland held talks with high level policymakers in the European Parliament on Tuesday.
This follows Sean Kelly MEP, along with Jim Higgins MEP, tabling key amendments to the CAP reform proposals, designed to enable the revival of the Irish sugar beet sector in July last. This amendment is now being progressed through Parliament, much to the delight of Beet Ireland, representatives of which were in Brussels to lobby for the restoration of the Irish beet sector.
“Under the right circumstances, the Irish sugar beet industry could be harvesting and processing by 2015, with indications that a facility could be developed in Co Tipperary. It’s also estimated that the industry could provide employment for over 4,000 people,” Mr Kelly said.
Mr Kelly, along with other MEPs, met with Mr Pat Cleary and Mr Michael Hoey in the Parliament. They have asked Mr Kelly to visit their proposed site in Lisheen in Tipperary, which Mr Kelly will do in the coming weeks.