Planning permission has been granted for a car paint factory in Portarlington, which promises to bring 50 much needed jobs to the town.
Offaly County Council approved an application by international company Magni Industries Inc last Thursday for a 40,000 square foot factory and research lab, with an electric substation and associated works, in Portarlington Industrial Estate, Botley Lane.
However Magni have not yet confirmed if and when the factory will be built.
Last month Offaly councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick said there was no basis to local rumours that the factory plan had fallen through.
He cautiously welcomed the planning approval.
“There is still talk in the town, but planning has been granted now and it is gone out to Magni’s agents. I don’t know what is going to happen, no-one has been given information. But hopefully it will happen,” he said.
The firm now sponsor Laois GAA, and will have to pay a development contribution of €51,425.
Cllr Fitzpatrick is hoping this will be put towards resolving flooding on Botley Lane, while he says that the land zoned for the factory is not on the Barrow flood plain.
Magni included an environmental impact study for their application, and will need a pollution control licence to run the paint facility. Planning was granted subject to eleven conditions.
The factory was announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny last summer.
Portarlington man Kieran Leavy was credited with bringing it to Ireland, by working as a ‘connector’ for ConnectIreland and IDA Ireland. He will receive €75,000 in return for creating the 50 jobs.
Meanwhile Irish clean tech firm CMV is to create 30 jobs in Tullamore.
The company has signed a deal with US-based H2envirO to roll out its Elimbac product in North America and other international markets.
Elimbac is an environmentally friendly, water-based system for killing pathogens such as MRSA and E.coli.
The agreement is worth in excess of €24 million over the next 10 years.
CMV currently employs five people at its premises in Axis Business Park, Tullamore.