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Extra €5million set aside for cleaning up site of former Sugar Factory in Carlow

The owner of the former sugar factory in Carlow has set aside an extra €5 million to clean up the site.

Greencore is in the process of rehabilitating its two former Irish plants.


In an interview with Independent.ie, Chief Executive of convenience food manufacturer, Greencore, Patrick Coveney, says he expects both their Irish sites to be fully cleared by the end of this year.

It’s been 11 years since the sugar factory in Carlow closed in 2005 and 10 years since the closure of their production plant in Mallow, Co Cork.

The Carlow site originally covered around 300 acres – parts of which are already in use again.

Mr Coveney said that 80 years of sugar production on the site meant that parts of the land that would most likely be used for residential construction in the future, needed intensive treatment.

The rehabilitation of the site has taken longer than expected due to the strict requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency.

However an extra €5.1 million has now been set aside to get the site cleared and ready for alternative use by the end of this year.