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Ministers Smith and Sargent Announce €16.7 Million Grant-Aid for the Horticulture, Livestock Marts and Small Meat Sectors

€70 Million Investment

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD and the Minister for Food and Horticulture, Trevor Sargent TD, today announced details of grant-aid of €16.7 million under the Department's Marketing and Processing Scheme.

The grant-aid will benefit 66 enterprises and is expected to contribute to an actual investment on projects in the region of €70 million across the horticulture, livestock marts and small meat sectors (full details are included in the attached appendix).

Minister Smith described the level of funding being made available as "critically important and a very significant boost for these sectors which will improve the competitiveness and added-value of agricultural products through improved processing facilities as well as improving storage, handling and marketing facilities at 'near farm' enterprises." The Minister said that the investment of €3.6 million in 22 marts will "contribute significantly to environmental improvements."

Apart from the investment in marts, €7.8 million is being invested in 31 projects in the meat sector and a further €5.4 million in 13 horticultural projects.

Minister Smith said that the "geographic spread of the beneficiaries and the proposed overall investments of €70 million will generate significant economic activity throughout the country over the next few years." He added that "this investment will create significant employment during the construction stage of the new facilities and will also create additional job opportunities in the agri-food sector which is so important in generating revenue from export earnings."

Minister Sargent said "This grant aid is a recognition by Government that food security is of fundamental importance to Ireland. The focus of this grant aid is to maintain the competitiveness of Irish agriculture and thereby to ensure the Irish public has on-going access to the freshest, locally grown food in the interests of public health and well-being".

Capital Investment Scheme for Marketing and Processing

Livestock Mart Sector

County Project(s) Location Grant
Cork Cork Marts Fermoy €396,462
Donegal East Donegal Co-Op Livestock Mart Raphoe €84,451
  Milford Co-Op Livestock Milford €56,851
Galway Headford Co-Op Mart Headford €117,607
  Ballinasloe Livestock Mart Ballinasloe €64,255
  Athenry Co-Op Livestock Mart Athenry €42,560
  Gort Co-Operative Livestock Mart Gort €20,160
Laois Mountrath Mart Mountrath €60,452
  Ballinakill Mart Ballinakill €143,923
Leitrim Connacht Gold Co-Op Mart Mohill €369,690
  Midland and Western Livestock    
  Improvement Society Carrick-on-Shannon €891,404
Limerick Golden Vale Co-Op Mart Kilmallock €48,384
Kerry Listowel Livestock Mart Ltd Listowel €98,193
  Marglann an Daingin Teoranta An Daingin €218,771
  Kenmare Livestock Mart Co-Op Kenmare €23,720
Mayo Connacht Gold Co-Op Mart Balla Balla €338,576
Meath Carnacross Mart Carnacross, Kells €42,285
Offaly Golden Vale Co-Op Mart Tullamore €48,384
Roscommon Elphin Co-Op Elphin €42,336
Tipperary Mid-Tipperary Co-Op Mart Thurles €231,222
  Central Auction Services Co-Op Roscrea €147,674
  Central Auction Services Co-Op Nenagh €115,791

Capital Investment Scheme for Marketing and Processing

Meat Sector

County        

Project(s) Location              Grant               
Carlow   Carlow Foods Ltd   Fenagh, Co Carlow  €306,681 
 Cork  Gubbeen Farmhouse   Schull  €49,968 
   Skeaghanore Fresh Farm Duck   Ballydehob  €248,653 
   Hodgins Sausage Ltd  Mitchelstown  €331,935 
   Jack McCarthy Ltd Craft Butchers   Kanturk  €99,893 
 Donegal  Swilly Meats Ltd   Ballybofey  €464,554 
 Dublin   M&K Meats  Rathcoole  €100,571 
   Sandyford Meats  Sandyford €107,547 
   Courtney Food Services  Kimmage €36,422 
   Hicks Foods Ltd  Ballymount  €83,687 
 Galway  Heaney Meats Catering Co   Casla, Connemara 

€637,110 

 Kerry  PLM Foods   Glenfisk, Killarney  €167,619 
 Kildare

 Brady Family Foods 

 Timahoe, Naas  €567,689 
   McConnon's Meats  Rathangan  €487,570 
 Laois  Festa Fine Foods  Portlaoise  €195,115 
 Leitrim  Campbell Meats  Drumshanbo  €215,797 
 Limerick  Ashgrove Meats   Newcastle West  €44,760 
 Longford  Louis Herterich   Longford  €138,700 
   Sheelin Meats Ltd  Granard  €167,675 
 Louth  Ashbrook Foods Ltd   Dundalk  €99,594 
 Mayo  Imam Casing & Foods   Ballyhaunis  €407,846 
 Meath  Traditional Meat Company   Oldcastle  €670,093 
   Boyne Valley Meats  Garristown  €359,825 
 Monaghan  Farney Foods Ltd   Carrickmacross  €98,831 
   Connolly Meats  Scotstown  €126,696 
 Roscommon  O'Brien Butchers   Whitehall  €174,267 
   Gilligans Farm Fresh Meats  Four Mile House  €223,855 
 Tipperary   Darcy Meats   Nenagh  €219,806 
 Wexford  Thomas Kinsella Meats   Enniscorthy  €125,090 
 Wicklow  Michael Whelan Pudding Manufacturers  Blessington  €618,923 

Capital Investment Scheme for Marketing and Processing

Horticulture Sector

 County      Projects                                      

 Location                

 Grant               
 Dublin  K&K Packs   The Ward   €551,967
   Neil Kerrigan  Lusk   €882,913 
   Dublin Meath Growers  The Ward   €115,755 
   GVS - Groomes  Balbriggan   €749,621 
   Keelings Softfruits  St Margarets   €967,931 
   Vincent Thorne  Rush   €310,210 
 Kildare  Boylan Fruits Ltd   Johnstownbridge   €71,426 
 Meath  Pat Reynolds and Sons   Navan   €266,889 
 Monaghan  Gold Circle Mushrooms   Monaghan   €187,742 
 Offaly  Milne Foods Ltd   Birr   €795,966 
 Tipperary  Con Traas Ltd   Cahir   €109,495 
 Waterford  Meadowfresh Foods  Tallow   €317,515 
 Wicklow  Dolmenview Ltd t/a O'Hanlon Herbs  Glenealy   €65,513 

 

Date Released: 22 December 2008