Written Answers. - Meat Processing Company.

Denis Naughten

Question:

80 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the action he took to retain the killing line at a plant (details supplied) at Rooskey, County Roscommon; and the grant aid that will be provided to the company to relocate 150 of these jobs to other plants within the company [19236/03]

Denis Naughten

Question:

83 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the level of grant aid and supports provided to a company (details supplied) over the past five years for its facilities at Rooskey, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19332/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 80 and 83 together.

The decision taken by the company in question last week not to proceed with the rebuilding of the Rooskey plant, but to upgrade and expand its other two pig processing plants was an entirely commercial matter for the company. My Department was not involved in the decision and no grant aid was paid by my Department to facilitate the relocation of the jobs concerned.

In the period since 1998 Enterprise Ireland provided grant assistance of €824,324 to the Rooskey plant.