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Michael Lowry Welcomes Latest Developments For Lisheen Mines

Lisheen Mine Site, near Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Deputy Michael Lowry TD has welcomed the announcement, by Minister Heather Humphreys, that the site known as Lisheen Mines, which closed with the loss of some 400 employees at its peak in 2015/16, has now been chosen as the site of a National Bio-economy Centre.

This is an exciting development with the Government having agreed to allocate €4.5 Million Euro from the Regional Enterprise Development Fund for the former mining location situated near the village of Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This initiative is in line with present Government policy to invest and devolve enterprise and jobs into the Mid-Tipperary region.

Deputy Lowry stated, “The site at Lisheen is one of the best and most strategic sites in the country. I am delighted that painstaking and time-consuming research, together with detailed planning has now converged to give the county a major project with enormous potential into the future. It combines the particular interests of the 5 publicly funded partners to the project and the private interests they involve.”

“The partnership of Enterprise Ireland, L.I.T., U.C.D., T.C.D. and Tipperary County Council is a premium package with attractive synergies which will guarantee a very exciting project. The State funding for this project, sanctioned by the Government to increase investment and job opportunities in Tipperary is most welcome. It will bring renewed life and reinvigorate the closed Lisheen site, to become a flagship technological innovation centre that will offer enormous opportunities for the future”, the Deputy continued.

In all over €14 million Euro has been approved for projects in the Southern Region, with more than 11 million Euro in all for identified projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region, and a welcome €5 million Euro approved for the Northern and Western regions.

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