A portion of the almost 1000 acre Tipperary Venue site at Two-Mile-Borris is to be offered for consideration to Beet Ireland by Richard Quirke in a bid to keep the prospects of a sugar processing plant in region alive.
The Tipperary Star has learned this week that a 250 acre portion of the expansive site which is in the ownership, or option to purchase, of Mr Quirke, could be utilised for the ultra modern sugar processing and energy plant, without impinging on the Tipperary Venue proposal, elements of which are still very much alive, we can reveal.
The multi million Euro Tipperary Venue project has been out of the public eye in recent times since it became known that Minister Alan Shatter was introducing a General Scheme of the Gambling Control Bill which effectively rules out casino style resorts. However, Mr Quirkes team made a submission to the Jusice Committee last week which set out the arguments for a casino style resort, and the aim and hope is to have a review of the legislation included in the eventual adopted bill.
Beet Ireland had been considering a site at Lisheen Mine for the sugar processing plant but that proposal seems to be dead in the water with the company now looking for an alternative site in a sugar beet producing region. According to Deputy Michael Lowry The Tipperary venue site could provide the perfect solution.
“The fact that both projects would be able to use shared infrastructure would be of benefit, Beet Ireland have backers and a plant has been designed to suit their requirements. We feel that it could be accommodated in Two-Mile-Borris and have invited them to view the site. Richard Quirke’s team are happy that the plant could be accommodated,” said Deputy Lowry who confirmed that the White House and equestrian elements of the The Venue have progressed while the casino proposal is still ongoing.