27 May 2022

Demand for answers as Offaly abattoir plans held up by missing report

Demand for answers as Offaly abattoir plans held up by missing report

The Banagher Chilling abattoir in Meenwaun has been the centre of a 16 month long planning saga.

There is still no indication from An Bord Pleanála (ABP) as to when the inspectors report relating to the proposed multi-million Banagher Chilling project in Co. Offaly will be complete.

This is despite assurances provided to the Independent TD for Laois Offaly Carol Nolan in January of 2021 that it would be completed ‘within the next two weeks.’

According to Deputy Nolan, it is now almost 15 months since An Bord Pleanála first said the report would be completed (by 4 January 2021).

“It is simply beyond a joke that there is still no sign of the Inspectors report on the appeal relating to Banagher Chilling,” the Independent TD said.

“As many constituents, particularly those within the farming community will be aware, ABP were due to receive the Inspectors report in January of last year. Then in March it was confirmed to me that they had yet to receive it despite the new deadline of 1st March having come and gone.

“In September 2021 ABP were still not in a position to confirm to me when the inspector would submit the report on the appeal.”

“It did appear in January that we were eventually going to have some clarity about the future of the project, but unfortunately here we are again, for one more spin on the ABP merry-go-round.”

“I have repeatedly made it clear just how important this new facility could be in terms of stimulating the local rural economy, expanding market competition and making Co. Offaly attractive as a site capable of generating inward investment.”

“What has been equally frustrating throughout this entire saga is that ABP have failed to provide a single substantive reason as to what is actually causing the delay. We must have answers on this matter and we must have clarity as soon as possible,” concluded Deputy Nolan.

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