Tipperary could be centre of a revived beet industry

It was one of Thurles’ main employers until the sugar factory closed in 1989.

The entire industry died when the Mallow plant shut its doors for the last time just over a decade ago.

However there may be a new dawn for the sugar beet industry in Ireland and one Tipperary County Councillor wants the Premier to be at the heart of it.

Andy Moloney was speaking during a debate in Irish Rail services in Tipp at this weeks meeting of Clonmel Borough District.

The independent representative says Cahir would be an ideal base for a revived sugar beet industry.

The Waterford – Limerick Junction line has been under threat of closure due to the operating costs.

However Councillor Moloney says a profitable rail service doesn’t have to be about just passenger numbers.