Glambia has warned the An Taisce decision to appeal a High Court ruling giving the go-ahead for a €140m cheese processing factory, will be bad for farmers and Ireland’s post-Covid recovery.
The dairy processor said it was “deeply disappointed” with the environmental group’s decision and believes it will prevent opening the new plant until after 2014.
John Murphy, Glanbia Ireland chairperson said: “We passionately believe in this project, which is critical to our market diversification post Brexit and will support Ireland’s post-Covid recovery.
“The combined impact of An Taisce’s objections to this project has been a two-year delay, but an appeal could delay the project even further. This would be bad for farmers; bad for rural communities; and would hurt Ireland’s reputation internationally as a location for much-needed foreign direct investment.”
An Taisce argued that the High Court verdict “raised points of law of exceptional importance that should be appealed in the public interest.”
On 20 April, following a judicial review taken by An Taisce, the High Court upheld the decision by both Kilkenny County Council and An Bord Plenala to allow the plant to proceed.