Mary COughlan has serious questions to answer following Sugar Plant closure.

The Dude

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Nov 14, 2008
Apologies if this has been raised already, didn't see a thread on it.

Greencore sugar plant closure unnecessary? - RT News

The European Court of Auditors has found that the closure of the Greencore sugar plant in Mallow may not have been necessary.

The European Court of Auditors has found that the closure of the Greencore sugar plant in Mallow in 2006 may not have been necessary.

The closure came about as a result of a major restructuring of the EU sugar sector following World Trade rulings and a drive to make the sector more competitive.
FG Senator Paul Bradford (Cork East) on the issue

“The Government sleepwalked its way towards the closure of the Mallow factory and the shutdown of the Irish sugar industry with the loss of 4,000 jobs. They failed to listen to all the local concerns and to all the industry concerns, many of which have now been shown to be on more solid ground than the EU sugar reforms.
FG Agriculture Spokesman Andrew Doyle:
The inescapable conclusion is that the current Tánaiste and then Minister for Agriculture, Mary Coughlan, was asleep at the wheel and let this valuable sector be sacrificed for reasons which now have been exposed as being fundamentally flawed.
Labour Agriculture Spokesman and Cork East TD Seán Sherlock
The decision to close plants, including Mallow, was ultimately taken by the Council of Ministers, of which Mary Coughlan was a member, and it is clear to me that she failed abjectly to defend the interests of the Irish sugar industry at that time.

Mary Coughlan has been a national embarrassment as Tanaiste and was a national embarrassment as Agriculture Minister. In truth, she should never have been appointed to the cabinet. Some 240 workers in the Mallow sugar plant, along with hundreds more in the local economy, have paid for her incompetence with their jobs.

The European Commission are said to have been using out of date information but if Minister Mary Coughlan had been on top of her brief this should never have happened.

Another embarrassing Calamity Coughlan moment that has contributed to the loss of thousands of jobs in North Cork. Everyone, I'd imagine, living in the area knew of someone deeply affected by the closure.

I know that right now there's a bigger picture that everyone's attention is focused on, but it is the combined effect of all these kind of errors that has us where we are now.

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