The Greencore sugar factory in Carlow, which closed when Ireland exited sugar production in 2006. Photograph: Alan Betson

Alison HealyFood and Farming CorrespondentIt was just one question in a wide-ranging breakfast briefing, but when Matt Cooper asked Greencore’s Patric(...)

The former sugar factory in Carlow. Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney said yesterday he believed the sugar industry would never be restarted in Ireland because it did not make financial sense. However, his view was rejected by Beet Ireland, a group of farmers who are advancing plans to resume sugar production as soon as beet quotas are abolished.

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney said yesterday he believed the sugar industry would never be restarted in Ireland because it did not make fi(...)

A lone sugar beet outside the  Greencore Sugar Factory in Carlow, just before it was about to close in 2005. The Beet Ireland group, which has been campaigning to reopen the Irish sugar industry, has said it hopes to announce its chosen site for the processing of sugar beet within the next month or so.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The sugar quota regime will end in 2017, according to the latest compromise proposals tabled by the Irish EU presidency yesterday. The European(...)