NORTH Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry has welcomed the continued progression of the application to secure a gas line to Nenagh town and has commended Arrabawn Co-Op for its determination and diligence in driving this project forward.
He welcomed the fact that this application is now ready to be submitted to the Commission for Energy Regulation for their consideration and credited Arrabawn for inspiring this project.
“I would like to congratulate the management of Arrabawn for their professionalism and competency in bringing this project to its current stage. They had to foresight to see that a gas link is essential for their future growth and expansion and have crossed many hurdles to bring this one step closer to reality,” he said.
Deputy Lowry said that Arrabawn was one of the largest employers in the region with over 300 employees, and the Nenagh site provided numerous jobs for the locality and also served to provide countless ancillary jobs in the provision of support services for the co-operative.
“There is huge potential for growth in the agri-food industry in the coming years as the milk quota system will be opening up and it is projected that milk production will greatly increase in North Tipperary. Such growth within this hugely successful company would lead to numerous new jobs coming available.
“Such an energy link will be of untold benefit, not alone to Arrabawn, but to all businesses, retailers and industries across Nenagh. The provision of such a link would provider a cheaper, cleaner source of fuel therefore reducing business costs and helping to make our businesses more competitive.
“I have been working closely with Arrabawn and Bord Gais on this matter, and was pleased to be able to facilitate the original meeting between these two parties.
“I can assure Arrabawn of my continued support for this project and I will do all in my power to ensure that this application continues to progress,” he said.