ICSA expresses support for Glenisk in the aftermath of devastating fire

‘It is to be hoped that this is only a temporary setback and that the Glenisk brand will bounce back bigger and better than ever before’

Sligo News File

ICSA organics chair Fergal Byrne has expressed his hope that Glenisk will be able to find a way forward as quickly as possible following the devastating fire that destroyed the manufacturing unit.

“The entrepreneurship of the Cleary family has been phenomenal over many years in driving the organic dairy sector. Their branded yogurts are a household name and there are not many examples of Irish companies that have built such a successful brand from scratch. It is to be hoped that this is only a temporary setback and that the Glenisk brand will bounce back bigger and better than ever before.

“The Government should ensure that every assistance is given to Glenisk both in the short-term and medium-term so that their business is kept viable. It is all the more important as an employer in a rural region where jobs are already scarce, and many have lost jobs due to the closure of our peat sector.

“A key target of the EU Green Deal is to achieve 25% of European land under organic farming by 2030. While this target may be unrealistic, it is clear that companies like Glenisk are vital to achieving progress towards this and ICSA believes there is a case for support from Europe to assist this company to recover from such a setback.”