Minister McEntee commends Grainger Saw Mills

Minister McEntee impressed with visit to Enniskeane.

On Friday last Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Shane McEntee attended a number of events across West Cork. The Minister who has special responsibility for forestry and horticulture took a keen interest in viewing the Grainger Sawmills facility located in Enniskeane Co. Cork.
After a extensive tour of the Mills accompanied by the owner Mr. Bill Grainger and local Deputy Jim Daly, The Minister said “I have travelled the length and breath of the country since I took office in March viewing such plants, and I have yet to see anything as impressive as the setup here in West Cork. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to visit Grainger’s and witness in action one of Ireland’s largest and most technologically developed sawmills. The mills employ 243 people directly and indirectly contributing €9.5 million to the West Cork local economy and approximately €20 million to the economy in the South Munster area.

These figures illustrate the contribution which forestry makes to the Irish economy and in this regard, I am committed to the development of this sector to ensure a sustainable and viable industry.”
In 2006 Grainger’s invested over 8 million euro in constructing Irelands first large scale commercial Biomass CHP (combined heat and power) plant, which was designed around the Saw mill’s heat requirements. The plant has made the Sawmills completely self-sufficient from a power point of view and any excess electricity is sold to the national grid. The sawmill is Irelands only carbon neutral timber processing plant.