Before the Irish Independent finally caught up on the wholesale scam and the massive criminal torch-job that was the trashing of the Irish Sugar industry (by gangsters in suits who tried to blame the EU), Martin Ferris and Aengus Ó Snodaigh were doing champion work exposing the cartel:
The EU auditors now tell us that the closure was unnecessary and that Greencore had decided to close before the reforms were even in place and that there was no valid commercial reason for them closing.Minister Coughlan defended the decision to close Mallow [processing plant] and indeed blamed the EU for the closure…
Minister Coughlan justified the Carlow closure and what she foresaw as the possible total closure of our sugar industry, as a consequence of the EU measures. Did she already know what Greencore were about to close Mallow, even though we are now told that they did not need to?Minister Coughlan also promised that in the event – which only she and Greencore obviously foresaw as inevitable – of a total closure that handsome compensation would be available. Greencore certainly benefited from that to the tune of almost €100 million. Greencore then had to be dragged into court to secure redundancy for their former workers.
The EU auditors now tell us that in fact it cost more to close the Irish sugar industry than it would have to keep it alive.
When Martin Ferris questioned Minister Coughlan on the generous hand out to the Greencore chancers it emerged that Greencore also got more in compensation than they would had they decided to go into bio fuel production. And also of course in Carlow – inspired by that genius of the property market Liam Carroll – they decided that trying to build apartments on the site was a better prospect than employing hundreds of people and giving work to thousands of farmers. And well worth destroying a generations old industry.
Read the rest of Ó Snodaigh’s choice words here.