Planning sought for new Port factory

A Planning Application has been lodged with Offaly County Council for the construction of a major paint manufacturing facility in Portarlington.

A Planning Application has been lodged with Offaly County Council for the construction of a major paint manufacturing facility in Portarlington.

The Magni Group, a US based company, has applied to build the factory at the Botley Lane Industrial Park. The proposed facility is set to create up to 50 jobs, and came about following a chance meeting in a bar, that lead to Port’s Kieran Leavy becoming good friends with a member of the magni group.

Due to the nature of the goods being produced in the factory, the project will require an Integrated Pollution Prevention Licence along with an Enviromental Impact Statement. The planning process will take up to eight weeks from the time the application was lodged.

Offaly County Councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick has welcomed the news stating that the application, if granted, will have huge benefit for the Town of Portarlington with the creation of up to fifty jobs long term which is much needed for the area.

He added, “I will be keeping in contact with the planning section over the next few weeks with great expectation

Mr Leavy, who runs P&J security business will collect a “Finder’s Fee” cheque for €75,000, representing €1,500 per job created, from ConnectIreland – the IDA backed jobs initiative, once the jobs come to fruition.

While the jobs will be on the Offaly side of port, Laois people are sure to benefit. The IDA have been criticised in recent years for not creating jobs in Laois. They brought no new business to Laois last year, despite being told to up its game in the county by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton. At the jobs announcement back in July. Minister Bruton said Magni had made a good decision to locate in Port.