Laois TD Brian Stanley who has welcomed the reopening of Cúl na Móna in Togher
A Laois Bord na Móna peat processing plant is reopening with five jobs returning to it.
Cúl na Móna in Togher, Portlaoise, is reopening under lease to an international company called ICL.
While industrial harvesting of peat from bogs has ended due to its environmental impact, ICL will use the piles of peat that were already already cut to make horticultural compost.
The plant at Togher beside Junction 17 of the M7 has been lying idle for a number of years.
The reopening has been welcomed by Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley.
“The agreement sees ICL lease the plant from BNM initially for a three-year period and using the peat stockpiles that are already harvested on the adjacent bogs as a component for the horticulture compost. The company have also developed an advanced wood fibre technology solution in terms of the components for the new compost product.’’
“As a former employee, I very much welcome this development. I have been consistently raising the need to utilise the plant with the management of BNM for the last five years.
“Under the agreement reached by the two companies, the existing peat stocks from the local bogs will be ring fenced solely for the Irish market and Irish growers. This will help solve an immediate problem as horticulture compost is in short supply at the moment in the country with some parts of the horticulture industry having reached crisis point due to supply shortages.’’
“Initially the number of jobs at the plant will be five and there is a possibility for this to grow further.
Overall, this is good news from a sustainable development point of view and good news for the local economy in Laois,” Dep Stanley said.
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