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(...)