Laois TD welcomes planning approvals for two new industrial plants in Portlaoise

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Laois TD welcomes planning approvals for two new industrial plants in Portlaoise

Glanbia's mozzerella factory in Portlaoise has clear path after objections withdrawn

A Laois TD has welcomed planning approval for two major new industrial plants in Portlaoise.

Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming TD says the two approvals, for a cheese factory and a pharmaceutical industry are "a vote of confidence in Laois".

"In the past week Laois County Council has granted planning permission for these two major developments.  The planning permission for Glanbia cheese for their new plant at Junction 17 on the M7 at Togher, Portlaoise was finally granted," he said.

Glanbia Cheese, the Joint Venture business between Glanbia plc and Leprino Foods plans to build a €130 milllion mozzarella cheese manufacturing facility in Portlaoise, creating 78 jobs.

It was given planning approval by Laois County Council in September 2018 but was referred to An Bord Pleanála after several objections. Those objections have now been withdrawn.

Laois County Council also granted planning permission to Greenfield Global LFS Ireland to build a new facility in the IDA Business Park, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise.  They company is involved in blending materials for the pharmaceutical industry.

"Everybody knows that the pharmaceutical industry is one of the biggest IDA backed industries employing many thousands of people in the country.  It is good to see Laois getting a foot-hold into this industry," Deputy Fleming said.

"I am very pleased that there are two major companies at an advanced stage in terms of commencing construction of new industrial plants in Portlaoise. These plants will provide significant employment in the county and will be a tremendous boost for the local economy," he said.

He outlined his efforts to promote Laois for inward investment.

"Last year I brought the Chief Executives of both the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to Laois to impress on them the suitability of Laois for investment.  On March 1 I chaired a follow up visit by IDA and Enterprise Ireland with  Laois County Council in an effort to make sure all relevant State Agencies were working together to promote Laois as an area for investment.  I want to thank all of these agencies for their work, over recent times, which I hope is the start of many more announcements to come.

"I am very pleased with the progress in relation to these two investments in Laois which I hope will bring substantial employment to the county in the immediate future," the Laois TD said.