Dáil Éireann - Volume 369 - 22 October, 1986
Written Answers. - Carrick-on-Suir (Tipperary) Tannery.
Mr. S. Treacy Mr. S. Treacy
55. Mr. S. Treacy asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce the progress, if any, which has been made towards the reopening of the tannery at Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, by the present owner or by way of a co-operative endeavour by the former employees who have already raised a sizeable amount of capital and who possess the expertise and technical know-how to operate the tannery on a viable basis; the research or feasibility study which is being carried  out with a view to operating the tannery on a co-operative basis, with the approval of the owner; if he will avail of every opportunity open to him and the agencies under his control and intervene directly in negotiations with all concerned, for the speedy reopening of the tannery; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East) Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East)
Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East): I understand that the Industrial Development Authority has approved grant assistance to the International Hide Group of Kilkenny towards the phased opening of their tannery plants, including Carrick-on-Suir, in the south east region. The opening of the plants is to be phased by the promoters so as to facilitate their establishment on a sound commercial basis.
I understand that the IDA is also providing support to a group of former workers of Irish Leathers Limited for the carrying out of a feasibility study on establishing a tannery project in Carrick-on-Suir. A report on the initial phase of the study is expected shortly. The consideration of proposals involving assistance by way of grant or by other forms of capital funding is a day to day matter for the agencies concerned and consequently is one in which I have no function. However, my concern to see the establishment of viable commercial investment projects to provide employment in the Carrick-on-Suir area is known to those agencies.
Dáil Éireann 369 Written Answers. Carrick-on-Suir (Tipperary) Tannery.