Most of Ireland’s sugar is imported from abroad. Ireland’s last remaining sugar plants were closed down in 2005/2006 following reforms of the EU’s Sugar Policies. Even at the end of the industry, the turnover in Co. Wexford alone was over €10 million.
The image below was taken at Wellington bridge at a disused sugar factory. The factory is adjacent to the now defunct Rosslare-Waterford railway line, which I was photographing at the time.
Re-starting the Irish sugar beet industry would create hundreds if not thousands of jobs across the country in areas where unemployment is destroying communities. It would create jobs for farmers, road hauliers, factory workers, and might even re-introduce traffic/business along the Rosslare-Waterford railway line, not to mention the growing bio-ethanol industry.
Now, doesn’t that sound sweet?