Biomass power station in Co Mayo to create 350 new jobs
Up to 350 jobs are to be created in Co Mayo with the construction later this month of a new biomass power station in Killala, on the site of the old Asahi factory.

The new plant, Ireland's largest independent biomass power plant, will be fueled by untreated and uncontaminated clean wood and willow (virgin biomass).

Some of these supplies will be imported but some, such as willow and spruce, can be grown and supplied by local farmers.

The plant will generate enough electricity to power some 68,000 homes.

Up to 350 new construction jobs will be created when building work begins on the plant later this month, and 30 full-time jobs will be created at the station once the project is completed in 2017.

When complete, the power station will produce 42 megawatts of electricity. It will also include a fuel processing plant that will take waste heat from plant chimneys and use it to refine biomass for other commercial uses.

Commenting on the announcement of the new station yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the investment is “a vote of confidence in the Irish economy and is part of the recovery that is beginning to spread to every region of Ireland”.

He added that the power station will contribute to reducing our greenhouse emissions.

“Ireland is committed to meeting 40% of electricity demand, 12% of its heat, and 10% of its transport, from renewable sources. The new Mayo plant will help us meet our targets”, Mr Kenny said.

Michelle Mulherin, Fine Gael TD for Mayo, also responded to the announcement, saying it was "fantastic" to receive formal confirmation yesterday from the Mayo Renewable Power that finance for their project at Asahi is finally over the line.

"This project, alongside the transatlantic fibre optic cable to be built by Christmas in which Microsoft is a substantial investor, can have a transformative effect on the North Mayo economy bringing investment and jobs.

"With these synergies the site is now ripe for cloud computing and development of a data centre. As illustrated by the recent Apple announcement of a €850 million investment in a data centre at Athenry these big ICT companies want to locate in areas where there is green energy generation such as that proposed by Mayo Power."

Read more: IFA: Air pollution study highlights need to create a sustainable biomass market

The farmer's daily wrap: vet stand-off and counterfeit Landcruiser parts
Catch up with the headlines from the day and get a look ahead at tomorrow's weather.

Weather forecast

The west of the country will be affected by scattered showers overnight, according to Met Éireann.

Wednesday is expected to be a blustery, day with changeable rain conditions – ranging from scattered showers to hail throughout the day.

Atlantic coastal regions are expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather.

In the news

  • Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000.
  • Veterinary inspectors in factories are taking industrial action, which is having an effect on factory throughput.
  • IFA president Joe Healy has warned that there will be a knock-on effect if the national suckler herd contracts.
  • The High Court has placed a seven-week stay on a judgement ordering the detention of an indebted farmer resisting eviction from his land.
  • A number of dairy processors have set their milk price for November.
    LacPatrick holds milk price and adds winter bonus for NI suppliers
    LacPatrick has followed the lead of the majority of co-ops by holding its November milk price.

    LacPatrick Dairies has held its November milk price for suppliers both north and south of the border.

    Suppliers in the south will continue to receive 29.41c/l excluding VAT.

    Northern suppliers will receive 26.5p/l including VAT.

    They will also receive a 2p/l winter milk bonus for November milk.

    Last month, LacPatrick applied a cut of 1p/l to its October milk price for NI suppliers and said it was not in a position to pay a winter milk bonus.

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    Dairygold holds November milk price

    Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000
    Gardaí searched a premises in Monaghan as part of an investigation in counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí have recovered up to €500,000 in counterfeit car parts, consisting mainly of Toyota Landcruiser parts, at a property in Drumgoose, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

    Jeep bullbars, tail lights, mud flaps and body panels, all bearing Toyota trademarked logos, were discovered by gardaí.

    The search was part of an operation investigating the importation and sale of counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí added that no arrests were made as part of the search.

    Counterfeit Landcruiser parts.

    At the beginning of the month, gardaí recovered a large amount of stolen industrial plant, tools, trailers, vans, cars, engines and car parts with an initial estimate of up to €500,000 being recovered in Co Longford.

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    Gardaí recover €500,000 worth of stolen plant, tools and trailers

    Rural crime: ‘farmers require greater protection’