The Workers Party has said
that a new report which proves that the closure on European Commission instructions of the Mallow sugar factory was unnecessary,
highlights the complete failure of the Irish government to stand up to Europe.
Cork Workers’ Party
Councillor Ted Tynan said that the report, from the European Court of Auditors, showed
the complete lack of scrutiny of EU directives by Ireland and he said that “crocodile tears from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael
and the IFA are cold comfort to the 240 people who lost their jobs at the Mallow plant or the small farmers who relied on
the beet harvest”.
The Court of Auditors
investigation show that the EU was working off old statistics in relation to Ireland’s sugar industry and that one of
rural Ireland’s economic mainstays, the sugar industry, had been wiped off the map by a combination of EU bureaucracy
and Irish government spinelessness towards Brussels. This had resulted
not only in the loss of hundreds of rural jobs, but had also deprived thousands of small farmers and their communities of
a reliable annual income in beet production.
Cllr. Tynan said, “The
privatisation of the Irish Sugar Company in the 1980s was a disaster for rural Ireland and towns like Mallow. Like the other privatisations that came after it, this was a short-sighted move with damaging consequences
for the economy.
“The decision to close
down the sugar industry and close the plants in Mallow, Thurles, Carlow and Tuam was a body-blow to the rural economy but
now we are told that it need never have happened. Like so many things, including the now disgraced Lisbon Treaty, we are only
finding out the truth about EU incompetence after the damage is done.”
“It is not good enough
for Deputy Ned O’Keeffe and his government colleagues to claim they were lead into closing the beet industry by the
EU. They bent over backwards to do the EUs bidding and only a year ago they did
it again when they rammed through another referendum on the Lisbon Treaty and they are doing it now by bankrupting the nation
in order to stay within EU rules that were waved aside for Germany and France when they had economic troubles a few years
ago. It is time for Ireland to stand up to the EU and say ‘enough is enough’”,
said Cllr. Tynan.
Issued 11th November 2010