Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd. (GIIL), Ireland’s leading dairy processor, welcomes today’s decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for its proposed development at the IDA site at Belview, County Kilkenny, close to Waterford Port.
Jim Bergin, CEO of GIIL welcomed the decision, which he said, will enable GIIL to progress its milk expansion plans and to commence the development of what will be a flagship dairy processing facility. “We are investing €180 million at Belview and our existing facilities, which will both support on-farm growth and provide a major jobs and economic boost locally and nationally. In a recent economic impact study completed by Ernst & Young it is estimated that milk expansion in GIIL will boost the economy by €500 million. Importantly this state of the art facility will place Ireland at the forefront of dairy quality and technology and will increase its attractiveness to more international food customers,” he said. GIIL currently employs 500 people, including 320 at the Ballyragget facility and expects to employ a further 70 at the new facility at Belview. It is projected that up to 450 people will be employed during the construction phase.
Last year, Chris and Claire Ogilvie White care of John Spain Associates Limited of 50 Upper Mount Street, Dublin and others appealed the decision of Kilkenny County Council to allow the construction to go ahead.
Significantly, in its ruling, An Bord Pleanala said that GII needed to apply to the Environmental Protection Agency for an Integrated Pollution Prevention Control licence for the facility operation,