Beet Ireland, the lobby group seeking to resurrect Ireland’s sugar industry, is in the process of buying a site on the Carlow-Kildare border for a new national sugar processing plant.
The Irish Times reports that the organisation is finalising a deal to acquire a 200-acre site in Plumperstown, for around €4 million.
In conjunction with a strategic partner, Beet Ireland plans to redevelop the site into a high-tech sugar processing facility, which could produce up to 200,000 tonnes of sugar a year.
Ireland's las beet processing factory, in Carlow, closed in 2006.
The facility had provided employment to generations of people from South Kildare and Carlow.
Around 190 people worked there, full time, at any given time, and 130 during high season.