Over twenty years after the closure of Thurles Sugar Factory, moves are now afoot to request the Government to re-acquire Ireland's sugar beet production quota and to encourage the re-establishment of the country's sugar processing industry.
The suggestion came at a meeting of South Tipperary County Council on Monday last from Cllr. John Fahey of Killenaule, who signalled his belief that a return to sugar production offered opportunities for increasing employment at a time when "we have to get back to basics in this country".
Thurles Sugar Factory had opened in 1934 and had been the most significant employer in the County over the following fifty five years. Its closure in early 1989 had dealt a significant body blow to employment in the County and many have claimed in the intervening years that the town of Thurles and the mid-Tipperary area never recovered economically from its loss.
Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.